- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Viking, New York; First Edition edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755330021
- ISBN-13: 978-0755330027
- ASIN: B0018OTSV4
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,997 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main character, Lily Owens is fleeing an abusive father and an all-consuming truth surrounding her mother's death. The Secret Life of Bee's is set in the 1960's when racial tensions and violence were at an all time high. Lily and her caretaker Rosaleen, leave town after a violent encounter with racists while Rosaleen was attempting to exercise some of her newly granted freedoms.
Since the death of her mother, Lilly has a few precious clues as to her last days. The clues lead Lily and Rosaleen to Tiburon, South Carolina where they meet the `calendar sisters', May, June, and August Boatwright. The Boatwright sisters operate a successful Bee farm. Lily and Rosaleen are welcomed to the farm with open arms. Through her work on the farm, Lily is able to examine her past and begin to trust as she finds love again.
The Secret Life of Bee's is the story of mothers. The reader will travel with Lily as she experiences each of the four remarkable women ~ Rosaleen, May, June, and August. Each of these women is a teacher and guide to Lily. It is through her experiences that she is able to discern that a mother is more than just a biological bond.
A great debut for Sue Monk Kidd. I cannot help thinking that I would have loved to learn more about Boatwright sisters...maybe there is room for another story!
The Secret Life of Bees is a wonderful story that brings hope and strength to those that are in the midst of a journey through life. The author, Sue Monk Kidd, does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the story. By the end of the novel, the reader has developed a relationship with the main character, Lily Owens, and leaves you wondering what else lies ahead in Lily�s life. The story begins during the summer of 1964 in South Carolina. We are immediately drawn into Lily�s struggle with a vague memory of the death of her mother. Her mother was shot and killed in a freak accident when she was only four years old. Throughout Lily�s journey we discover more and more about her mother and her death.
Lily�s journey begins when she goes into town with her African American housekeeper, Rosaleen. The Civil Rights Act has just been passed and Rosaleen is going into town to register to vote. On their way into town Rosaleen gets into a fight with three of the most racist men in town and ends up getting both Lily and herself thrown in jail. Lily�s abusive father, T. Ray, bails her out but on their way back they get into an argument about Lily�s mother. ��Not funny?� he yelled. �Not funny? Why, it�s the funniest goddamn thing I ever heard: you think your mother is your guardian angel.� He laughed again. �The woman could have cared less about you.�� This was absolutely devastating for Lily to hear. She knew she could not stay with T. Ray and live with his physical and emotional abuse.Read more ›
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Third time I have read the book. Beautifully written with much wisdom.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
An amazing book, does have bad words so I wouldn't recommend for young children under thirteen. There were no spelling errors and for a semi long book it does feel slow but you... Read morePublished 8 days ago by valeria trauer
I loved the novel itself, but the book I received came with a black stain on the the back.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was a great book, but in some places -- a little over the top. Enjoyed the read though...Published 14 days ago by Richard A VanderMeeden
Great story captures you from the first . The ending was real but a little disappointingPublished 16 days ago by Ellie
A great, inspirational story about the power that bonds between women hold. I recommend this book to any women that ask me and will continue to do so!Published 16 days ago by Hailee Hohlbaugh