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The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees (Paperback, New edition)

By Kidd, Sue Monk

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Secret Life of Bees is a novel.

ISBN 9780747266839
Barcode 9780747266839
Published 10 April 2003 by Headline Publishing Group
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780747266839
ISBN-10 0747266832
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Publisher Headline Publishing Group
Imprint Headline Review
Publication Date 10 April 2003
International Publication Date 3 March 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Kidd, Sue Monk
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 269g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mothers and daughters, Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Description of this Book

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yeams for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A personal favourite, one of those infectiously written books you can't get out of your mind...a lovely tale' Bookseller -- Bookseller 20021122 'A tale that's beautifully and movingly written' Buzz -- Buzz 20030301 'Kidd's first novel is well placed, gentle and deeply moving' The Times -- The Times 20030308
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Fourteen-year-old Lily is growing up in 1960s South Carolina, trying to come to terms with the knowledge that aged only four she accidentally shot and killed her own mother. Growing up with only her tyrannical father and a black servant called Rosaleen, Lily pines for her mother and is tormented by guilt. She develops a strange fascination with the bees which creep out of her bedroom wall at night bees which soon become a link between her present, past and future. One day Lily ends up rescuing Rosaleen from a racist incident, and they leave home with only a few remaining items that belonged to Lily's dead mother. These possessions lead them to meet and move in with a family of three black bee-keeping sisters, with whom Lily and Rosaleen develop a close relationship, finding acceptance and love that Lily never experienced as a child. With the help of time and the sisters, Lily learns more about herself, the mystery of her past and the world at large. As the story unfolds she begins to overcome the guilt and unhappiness that she has always suffered. The novel demonstrates that tragic childhood circumstances can still result in love, friendship and happiness. The theme of bees and bee-keeping provides a delightful and unusual undertone. (Kirkus UK)

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Author's Bio

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of two widely acclaimed memoirs, THE DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER and WHEN THE HEART WAITS. Her fiction has appeared in several literary journals. Her second novel, THE MERMAID CHAIR, is published by Review in March 2005. Sue Monk Kidd lives beside a salt marsh in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband.

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