The Secret Life of Bees A Novel Author:Sue Monk Kidd Living ona peach farm in South Carolina whti her harsh, uinyeilding father, Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating, blurred memory- the afternoon her mother was killed, when Lily was four. SInce then, her only real companion has been the fierce-hearted, and sometimes just fierce, black woman Rosaleen, who acts as her stand... more » in mother.
When Rosaleen insults three fo the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it's time to spring them both free. they take off in the only direction Lily can think of, toward a town called Tiburon, South Carolina -- a name she found on the back of a picture amid a few possessions left by her mother.
They are taken in by an eccentirc tiro of black beekeeping sisters named May, June and August. Lily thinks of them as calendar sister and enters their mesmerizing secret world of bees, honey,and of the BalckMadonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women. Maternal loss and betrayal, guilt and forgiveness entwine in a story that leads Lily to the single thing her heart longs for most.
The Secret Life of Bees has a rare wisdom about life- about mothers and daughters and the women in out lives who become out true mothers. A remarkable story about the divine power of women and the tranforming power of love, this is a stunning debut whose rich assured, irresistable voices gathers us up and doesn't let go, not for a moment. It is the kind of novel that women share with each other and that mothers will hand down to their daughters for years to come.« less