Living with a bitter and abusive father and consumed by the knowledge that she killed her mother, Lily's life is lonely and sometimes painful. The book is set in South Corolina in 1964 when struggles for equal rights between black and white were raw and often deadly.
The main characters are Lily (the narrator), The beekeeping Boatwright sisters and Rosaleen. Sue Monk Kidd describes the gorgeous South Corolina scenery so clearly you will feel like you are there. Watch the trailer to the movie due to be released in New Zealand early 2009 on foxsearchlight.
The Secret Life of BeesThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Kid Monk, takes place in a little southern town in South Carolina.
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.
A well written story of a teenager who leaves behind everything she has known in order to find out something about her mother's past.
By using this Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms of Use. In the South in 1964, two companions make a pilgrimage to the home of a trio of bee-keeping sisters. The kid has a tough childhood, grows up and finds him or herself in an unexpected way, and finally overcomes hardship by working to achieve his or her goals.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a breath of fresh air any generation would be glad to take. She carries the weight of the world injustices on her shoulders, which I think we can all relate to in some way.
Having recently seen to movie I was not surprised to see that it was almost identical to how I saw it in my head.

This is a coming-of-age story, a powerful testimony to the redeeming quality of friendship among women and a wonderful reminder how love can heal.
It is about a white child who runs away from a father who is overcome with grief from the lost of his wife and cannot relate to a child.
Lily goes through trials and triumphs all the while trying to find the secrets of her mother’s past.
May it remind all of us of the strength and power that friendships between women can cultivate. This is a book that should not be missed by anyone who loves literature or just a good story. The child breaks her nanny out of jail and they run away together to seek her mother's family.
In this page-turner we read raw emotions that anyone who’s had family problems can relate too.
Lily, a fourteen-year-old girl without a mother, is brought up by her father, T.Ray, and Rosaleen, an African-American servant turned nanny.
Because it deals with the theme of female society, and the power of mothers, I believe this novel is aimed mostly at girls and women. It's easy to read, and although it is long, I appreciated the length because it was so enjoyable.
The two set out on a journey to escape from the law, T.Ray, and the harsh reality of society. They wind up at the Pepto-Bismol-colored home of May, June, and August Boatwright, three eccentric African American women who keep bees and sell honey with a picture of a black Virgin Mary pasted on the label.
Lily and Rosaleen run away to another town in south carolina where they try to find Black Madonna Honey farm because lily knows her mother went there before. There are several sub stories going on, and I have not to tell you all the action or themes.

She also learns that a family can be anywhere and with anyone, as long as it is with people you love. I liked the strong relationships the blacks and whites had in the book because in the south during that time period it was very rasist.
However, because of her housekeeper, Rosaleen, and the Boatwrights Lily finds that even without a mother she has strong and beautiful women to admire and aspire to be.
Not only do they give her someone to look up too, but also they help Lily to find herself and discover what is truly important in life. Teens of any age, race, or social group can enjoy this book without having to analyze each event and happening. Sue Monk Kidd uses creative metaphors and similes that catch your attention and give you the feeling of the actual experience.
The way she can compare the simple pleasure of emptying your bladder to the excitement of sex shows her extreme, yet exact, perception of life’s amazing occurrences. Also, the metaphor on which the entire book is built is how Lily compares the secret life she’s living at the Boatwrights to the unknown life of bees. Sue Monk Kidd successfully writes a beautiful coming -of-age story where Lily not only grows emotionally, but physically and sexually. Most of the characters are lovable and even the ones you don’t like, you still feel sorry for them. There are no slow parts in the novel; it is consistent from beginning to end and it will make you laugh, cry, and because of the amazing detail, you will feel as if you are actually in the novel.

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