Friday, April 10, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

I really enjoyed reading this book by Sue Monk Kidd, about Lily, who grew up believing she had accidentally killed her Mother when she was four years old.
At fourteen, she yearns to know more about her Mother and gain forgiveness for the act, somehow.

She lives on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father and her only friend, Rosaleen, who is a black servant.

Living in the sixties, in South Carolina, where segregation is still prevalent, she and Rosaleen find themselves in a predicament with some white men who Rosaleen will not 'bow' down to. Subsequently, Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, by these same men. Lily, decides to act.

Fleeing from the law and from Lily's demanding and harsh father, they subsequently end up at the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey that will eventually change both she and Rosaleen's life.

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