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Secret Life of Bees (original 2002; edition 2006)

by Sue Monk Kidd

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Title:Secret Life of Bees
Authors:Sue Monk Kidd
Info:HEADLINE (HODD) (2006), Paperback, 384 pages
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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2002)

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This was a touching story of a young girl struggling with the death of her mother, and the people who helped her realise how much she was loved. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a touching story of a young girl struggling with the death of her mother, and the people who helped her realise how much she was loved. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a touching story of a young girl struggling with the death of her mother, and the people who helped her realise how much she was loved. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
A thoroughly enjoyable story set in America during the period when equal rights was being introduced for all Americans. Another one of those stories which makes one wonder how the white population of a country can treat all other members of the population so badly. ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 22, 2016 |
This is one of my very favorite books. I read it with a highlighter because it is so beautifully written. So many wonderful sentences, thoughts, paragraphs. You are drawn into the story as only wonderful writing can achieve.

As I recently lent this book to a friend, I yearned to read it again. There are not many books that draw me in that way. I recommend not only that you read this book, but also that you purchase it so you can read it again and again. ( )
  CarmenMilligan | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Lily is a wonderfully petulant and self-absorbed adolescent, and Kidd deftly portrays her sense of injustice as it expands to accommodate broader social evils. At the same time, the political aspects of Lily's growth never threaten to overwhelm the personal.
 

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Epigraph
The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness. - Man and Insects.
Dedication
For my son, Bob, and Ann and Sandy with all my love.
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At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin.
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The secret of a good lie is don't overly explain, and throw in one good detail.
"She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, 'cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. 'It comes from years of loving children and husbands,' she'd say."
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Great story about a young girl's journey to discover her mother and herself. Southern tone is always fun.
1960s: Lily has grown up believing that at the age of four she accidentally killed her mother. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now, at fourteen, Lily yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has just one friend, Rosaleen, a black servant of uncertain age. 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 find sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters...
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In Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, 14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their South Carolina peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she barely remembers. These consoling fantasies are her heart's answer to the family story that as a child, in unclear circumstances, Lily accidentally shot and killed her mother. All Lily has left of Deborah is a strange image of a Black Madonna, with the words "Tiburon, South Carolina" scrawled on the back. The search for a mother, and the need to mother oneself, are crucial elements in this well-written coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s against a background of racial violence and unrest. When Lily's beloved nanny, Rosaleen, manages to insult a group of angry white men on her way to register to vote and has to skip town, Lily takes the opportunity to go with her, fleeing to the only place she can think of--Tiburon, South Carolina--determined to find out more about her dead mother. Although the plot threads are too neatly trimmed, The Secret Life of Bees is a carefully crafted novel with an inspired depiction of character. The legend of the Black Madonna and the brave, kind, peculiar women who perpetuate Lily's story dominate the second half of the book, placing Kidd's debut novel squarely in the honored tradition of the Southern Gothic. --Regina Marler

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Now in paperback comes the intoxicating debut novel of "one motherless daughter's discover of ... the strange and wondrous places we find love" ("The Washington Post"). Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing work is set in South Carolina in 1964.

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