Tuesday, October 31, 2006

[Book Review] THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd

Fiction/Coming of Age Historical

Heather Lawson reviews THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking, 2002):

Ok, everyone and their dog has read The Secret Life of Bees, but for those rare few that haven’t, here is a little synopsis. For those that have read this extraordinary book, here are some questions to consider.

Sometimes running away is the best solution. In this engaging novel set in 1964 South Carolina, 14-year-old Lily shows courage and determination as she runs away from an abusive father and saves her beloved black caretaker, Rosaleen, from the violent, racist local police. After a long journey, Lily and Rosaleen find safety with three eccentric sisters who produce Black Madonna Honey. August, the serene, strong “queen bee” is able to help Lily and others understand profound truths about themselves and life. This is a wonderfully moving and inspiring story that focuses on the strength of women.

Female support and friendship is a continual theme throughout the book. Which character in The Secret Life of Bees would you like to have as a friend and why?

We can all relate to coming-of-age stories. Is there one you would
recommend to others, and why?

Heather Lawson, Adult Services

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