Title: Secret Life of Bees, The
Authors: Kidd, Sue Monk
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 374
Year: 2001
Language: English
Description: Set in 1960s southern USA, Lily, a motherless white teenager, lives with her embittered father, but is raised by her black housekeeper, Rosaleen. Following a racist incident, Lily and Rosaleen become fugitives from justice, finding refuge in the home of three bee keeping sisters. It is in this unique community that Lily comes to terms with her life and the death and loss of her mother. What's Hot - June 2013

Comments from Groups:

"Wonderful read. Stirred some religious debate, some quite fiery!" Wanganui 005

"Original, quirky,memorable, 'feel good'." Havelock North 008

"Compelling reading, interesting political time. Good group discussion and enjoyed on several levels." Christchurch 222

"Just what we needed post quake! Easy read." Diamond Harbour 001

"It was a wonderful portrayal of humanity overcoming the scourge of racism. The characters were so real, the humour was delightful..." Nelson 019

Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, USA, Argentina, What's Hot, Blind Foundation book


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By: AUCK 255 2019-01-16 14:01:08
Very colourful characters and a great story about relationships and acceptance. Beautifully woven together showing a positive aspect of biracial interactions.

By: NAP 021 2019-01-16 13:59:30
Yahoo! Another good book that we all loved. Well-written and full of love, but some sadness as well. An insight into relationships in the Southern States of America. Can recommend.

By: CHCH 363 2019-01-16 13:54:24
Everyone loved the book. It has been a highlight for many members. We loved the characters and the concept of all the women coming together, and the mothering roles they provided for Lilly. It generated lots of interesting discussion about childhood and memories. We were shocked at how late women got the vote, and by the racism the characters faced. Several members bought their own copy.

By: TAUR 005 2019-01-16 13:49:34
"A clutch of deliciously eccentric characters". We all enjoyed the story and the quality of writing. Excellent.

By: AUCK 406 2019-01-16 13:46:49
Our group all loved this book. We enjoyed the characters and themes, and we found the conversations it generated very interesting.

By: STEW 001 2019-01-16 13:45:33
A 'light' read. Too fictional to be able to relate to - a good 'wet day' book, or 'time-filler'.

By: BALCL 001 2019-01-16 13:43:57
Superb! Extremely well-written and easy to read. Everyone loved this book - many had also seen the movie and were delighted that it was so true to the book. Highly recommended.

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