- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 30, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00247060Q
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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!
This is a solid 4 1/2-star book, as many other reviewers have written. They've done a better job than I of explaining why you should read this book, so I won't go into that here.
However, some of us may want to know that the "Good Morning America says READ THIS!" sticker on the front of the hardcover is not a sticker at all, but is printed into the dust jacket and is therefore permanent and irremovable. For this reason, I'm returning it. I already own it as an old used paperback, but was hoping to have a more permanent, nice copy. This is not that.
If the permanent tie-in dust cover is not a big deal to you, please disregard. But if you're something of a book aesthete, now you know.
Lily rescues her stand-in mother, Rosaleen, from the hospital and they go to Tibrion, SC, to escape from Lily's dad and the townsfolks in her hometown. A peach grower's daughter, Lily has only one clear memory of her mother ~~ the day she was killed. So for most of Lily's life, she has felt like there was a hole in her heart ~~ and longs for a mother to care for her. So this novel is basically a journey into one's past, facing the harsh truths of reality and finding redemption. Lily and Rosaleen meet a house full of women, one of whom is a beekeeper. Lily discovers her secrets as she tends to the bees ~~ and finds herself growing into womanhood.
This is a moving story about a girl on the threshold of womanhood ~~ seeking the truth for her mother and about herself. It is about women bonding together in times of duress and in times of joy. But mostly, it is about Lily and her tribulations and trimpuhs ~~ and growing up in the deep South in the 60s just as the Civil Rights Movement began. It's an interesting novel and one to share with others. It's definitely a good book club reading choice!