The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

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The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings and The Book of Longings
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees 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 deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Feb 27, 2021

Well written and an easy story to read. Some parts were not plausible though or too much luck to line up.

Feb 03, 2021

Fabulous read. Every chapter heartwarming. Joy Happiness Love Friendship and a few tears.

Dec 11, 2020

A joy to read

Dec 07, 2020

This book goes to show that a happy ending does not necessarily end with a love story between man and woman. This book describes what it is like to be surrounded by independent women who have scraped out their own beautiful corner of the world. A bee farm. So unexpected, so interesting and curious. And an unbiased white girl in the south who cares not for the hate in her life but for the women she loves. The woman who raised her is always by her side, and sees the heart of the girl. The title, The Secret Life of Bees, describes the idea that black women are avoided, prejudiced against, when really they are just living their lives, just like bees.

rosinasavino Nov 15, 2020

i absolutely loved this book. I was able to read the novel within days. The topics covered included family, racism, loss and growth and so much more. Set in 1964 South Carolina, we are placed in the world of 14 year old Lily Owens who has grown up believing she is responsible for her mother's death. lily lives with an abusive father and her housekeeper Rosaleen who fills the role of 'mother figure'. It is important to note the setting of the book occurring in 1964 when news laws have passed allowing black people the right to vote. This sets the precinct of an number of events that greatly change a number of characters lives. i highly recommend this book.

Jul 13, 2020

Secret Life of Bees
The novel Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is an amazing book. It is set in South Carolina 1964 and tells the story of Lilly Owens who is blamed for her mother’s death by her father. She runs away trying to find her mother’s past and meets amazing women who own a bee business. Lilly learns so much throughout her journey and becomes a better person. I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it to others.

Jun 04, 2020

This is a lovely book where the author uses bees a a metaphor for life itself. Lily lives with her father and Black housekeeper as her mother is dead - died in mysterious circumstances. It is a coming of age story set in the Civil Rights era of the sixties in the American South. Lily runs away from home and finds love with a family of black sisters. She learns that white people and colored people living together and getting along was not the aim rather everybody being colorless together was a better plan. A short sweet debut novel which will tug at your heart strings.

Dec 04, 2019

This book hit a home run with me! Engaging, funny, thought-provoking and young adult appropriate. Treat yourself to the audio book version!

May 24, 2019

Read the book instead of watching the movie.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 29, 2019

A wonderful book club read, set in the south in the year 1964. Themes include coming of age, awakening to civil rights, healing relationships between women, gender roles, and suicide. MC Lily is an intelligent, lonely young woman with an oppressive, angry father. Her mother died when Lily was very young, and she struggles to reconcile her conflicting feelings about the woman and the loss throughout the book. Understandably, she's a bit self-centered at the start of the story, but through her relationships with a number of black women who rally to fill the role of mother and friend in her life, and a friendship/romance with a young black man, her preconceptions are challenged and her character really grows. I've read this book twice now to discuss with a group and loved it both times. A quick, immersive read.

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Violence: Fighting scene

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Coarse Language: the N word that's about it.


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Apr 18, 2017

For fourteen year-old Lily Owens, living with her father T. Ray means selling peaches, and reminiscing of the tales of her long lost mother in her free time. When she finds a clue pointing to her mother's true past, her and housemaid Rosaleen adventure to Tuburon, South Carolina, and meet a group of beekeeping sisters who contain the secret to her mother's past.


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