The Secret Life of Bees
The multimillion-copy–bestselling first novel by the author of The Invention of Wings, coming from Viking in January 2014
The Secret Life of Bees was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years, a Good Morning America “Read This” Book Club pick and was made into an award-winning film starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys. A coming of age tale set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees will appeal to fans of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Beth Hoffman’s Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.
When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love—a story that women will continue to share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - varwenea - www.librarything.com
It’s 1964 South Carolina. 14 years old Lily Owens has blurred memories of having killed her mom. She lives under her abusive father in isolation, loneliness, and semi-regularly punished to kneel on ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jakohnen - www.librarything.com
This book has actually become one of my writing reference books. I use it to inspire thoughts within as well as for writing study. A good example of good writing. I've listened via audiobook, and too, read the book. Read full review