The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Book - 2002
Average Rating:
62
5
2
 …
Rate this:
"Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her harsh, unyielding 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-in mother.""
"When Rosaleen insults three of 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 the few possessions left by her mother." "There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters named May, June, and August. Lily thinks of them as the calendar sisters and enters their mesmerizing secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2002.
ISBN: 9780747266839
0747266832
9780670894604
0670894605
9780143036401
0143036408
9780755349807
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 301 p. ;,23 cm.

Opinion

From Library Staff

Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her harsh, unyielding 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 f... Read More »

Comment
ChristchurchLib Mar 16, 2014

"For ten years, motherless Lily Owens has lived alone with her mean-spirited father on his rural South Carolina peach farm. On Lily's 14th birthday, which occurs in the summer of 1964, days after the Civil Rights Act is passed, Lily and Rosaleen, her African-American stand-in mother, walk in... Read More »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

f
firebird770
Jun 15, 2017

Excellent

r
red_panda_785
Jul 13, 2016

"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd, I have to admit, was quite strange, but at the same time inspiring and truly beautiful.
Monk's writing was beautifully detailed and inspiring, but unexplainably awkward and funny. Don't get me wrong, it made the story more down to earth and humorous. It's just that sometimes, specific phrases such as "Rosaleen told me that pissing was the best feeling in the world, besides sex" made you feel a little...weird. I did crack up after reading that though.
As I mentioned before, this was a wonderfully written story. The phrasing was descriptive, magical, and gave me a clear image in my head of what was going on. Yet, what truly made this story great was the stories Sue Monk Kidd told within "The Secret Life of Bees". I felt like I was able to connect with the characters and understand the hardships each one of them went through after hearing how stories - like "Our Lady in Chains"- were able to inspire, and give hope to all of the main characters in the story. That's what made everything seem magical.

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

n
nsurendranath
May 19, 2016

Really empowering novel about a young girl finding her way with the help of other powerful women.

c
cals3512
Apr 07, 2016

Love this book!

PrepSchoolGirl789 Sep 15, 2015

This book-I would have enjoyed it more if Sue Monk Kidd pretty much hadn't implied that all men (Lily's Dad) were abusers and stupid. Honestly, I LIKE feminist fiction and it was a good first novel. However, I don't think I'll read any more of SMK's work.

j
Jerrianne
Sep 13, 2015

Loved reading about the bees and the constant honey harvest. We only have one hive, and that harvest day is long, hard and sweetly rewarded!

b
Bonnie_Schultz
Aug 30, 2015

An unusual Southern coming-of-age novel about a young girl in search of knowledge about her deceased mother. She escapes her abusive father with her nanny and happens upon a family of beekeeping sisters. It is an excellent first novel and holds its own in the large library of Southern literature. Lots of fun facts about bees and beekeeping.

h
hildesanders
Aug 25, 2015

The Secret Life of Bees is beautifully written, as is the previous books i've read of Sue Monk Kidd. Her stories draw you into a different time and era. I just started Traveling with Pomegranates! I'm sure it will be awesome!

TwistedReader Jul 21, 2015

This book was spectacular. It was filled with symbols and imagery that I loved. I would definitely recommend for a nice quick read.

s
Smiles_All_The_Way
Jul 08, 2015

This is a captivating story about a young girl finding a place where she belongs. I love this story for its fluidity and emotion. This is a story that can be read a number of times, without getting tired of it. What a beautiful message it shares.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

a
artcat15
Apr 18, 2017

artcat15 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

s
Sarah1984
Sep 05, 2014

Sarah1984 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

t
TiaunaMass
Jun 14, 2014

TiaunaMass thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

blue_gazelle_42 Feb 20, 2013

blue_gazelle_42 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

k
krystalamanda16
Dec 24, 2012

krystalamanda16 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Notices

Add Notices

t
TiaunaMass
Jul 10, 2014

Violence: Fighting scene

t
TiaunaMass
Jul 10, 2014

Coarse Language: the N word that's about it.

Summary

Add a Summary

a
artcat15
Apr 18, 2017

For fourteen year-old Lily Owens, living with her father T. Ray means selling peaches, and reminiscing of the tales of her long lost mother in her free time. When she finds a clue pointing to her mother's true past, her and housemaid Rosaleen adventure to Tuburon, South Carolina, and meet a group of beekeeping sisters who contain the secret to her mother's past.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at My Library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top