Secret Life of Bees

Book By: Sue Monk Kid. Ad By: Amanda Coppola

"Set in South Carolina in 1964. The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, who's life had been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black 'stand in mother' Rosaleen, insults 3 of the deepest resists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon S.C.- a town that holds the secret to her mothers past. Taken by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their memorizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about Devine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come."

Awards

New York Times Best Seller

Book Sense Book of the Year Award in 2004

Nominated for Orange Broadband Prize for fiction.

Comments

"Inspiring. Sue Monk Kid is a direct literary descendent of Carson McCullers" (an American writer of Novels, short stories, plays, essay, and poetry) -The Baltimore Sun

"A moving first novel... Lily is authentic and winning character and her story is compellingly told" - USA Today

"The tale of a motherless daughters discovery of what family really means.- and of all the strange and wondrous places we find love." -The Washington Post

Challenges Lily Owens Faces

-Lily's mean, drunk, and irresponsible father

-The death of her mother

-Rosaleen's incident with jail

-Finding clues to her moms past

-Telling August the truth

-Segregation and racial issues concerning 'new family'.