The Secret Life Of Bees

By: Sue Monk Kidd

“Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn't know a thing about life.”

― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees


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Summary:

Lily Owens has lived with her abusive father, because her mother was killed. Now her only real companion has been a black woman named Rosaleen, who acts as her stand-in mother. When Rosaleen insults three of the most racists men in town, Lily knows it's time to escape . They take off in the only direction she can think of, toward a town called Tiburon, South Carolina a name she found on the back of a picture of the possessions left by her mother. When They get there they are taken in by three sisters August, May and June. She enters a world of the secrets of beekeping and of Black Madonna. The Longer she stays the more she learns about mother and her past. She starts getting flashback of when her mother was killed, and finds out the worst.

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Raging Reviews

“Inspiring. Funny and sad.... These memorable characters take you in... By the time you finish the book, they will have given you some memories you'll keep for a long, long time. This is Kidd's first novel. I would like to meet more of the people who live in her imagination.”

--Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)


“Incredibly original and imaginative.”
--Glasgow Evening Times (Scotland)


“Wonderful debut novel... Poignant and compelling.”
--Star-Ledger, Newark NJ


“In this gem of a first novel, Sue Monk Kidd creates a charmed Southern place... Kidd uses the bee metaphor to craft a captivating story of self-discovery, shared pains and joys. Acclaimed for such insightful nonfiction as When the Heart Waits, Kidd the novelist promises to be equally noteworthy.”
--Virginia Quarterly Review


“A compelling read.”
--The Sunday Times, (South Africa)


“Lily is fresh and funny, a welcome addition to the pantheon of gutsy southern girls from Harper Lee's Scout to Kay Gibbons' Grace.”
--Carolina Book Review


“To reach the book's conclusion, you'll want to tear through the pages. Restrain yourself. The beautiful language and seamless unfolding of this well-written story deserve more. (It) merits sweet time and savoring.”
--Southern Living


“Endearingly original....Riveting. One of the most inventive books I have read in long time, and utterly compelling. This book demands to be read and read again.”
--The Oxford Times, England


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