The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Sue Monk Kidd

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  • Publisher: HEADLINE REVIEW
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 117mm x 177mm x 25mm | 206g
  • Publication date: 25 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0755330021
  • ISBN 13: 9780755330027
  • Edition statement: Export ed
  • Sales rank: 44,111

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Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.

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Sue Monk Kidd is the author of two widely acclaimed memoirs, THE DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER and WHEN THE HEART WAITS. Her fiction has appeared in several literary journals. She lives beside a salt marsh in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband.

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By Melissa Trevelion 09 Sep 2010 5

The Secret Life of Bees is a compeling tale of family strife, civil rights, Southern history, and is also a beautiful coming of age tale of 14 year old Lily. With vivid imagry and strong, complex characters, Kidd's novel envelops you in the sights, sounds and smells of Lily's world. I couldn't put the book down and cherished how each and every chapter brought you closer to the heart of Lily and the calendar sisters. This clever inventive tale is one of the best I've read in ages.