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The multimillion-copy–bestselling first novel by the author of The Invention of Wings, coming from Viking in January 2014

The Secret Life of Bees was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years, a Good Morning America “Read This” Book Club pick and was made into an award-winning film starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys. A coming of age tale set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees will appeal to fans of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and Beth Hoffman’s Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, and tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s most vicious racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina—a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love—a story that women will continue to share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

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The Secret Life of Bees
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4.4 / 5
October 5th, 2013
I LOVED this book. I absolutely could not put it down. The descriptions were so vivid and realistic, I could see everything unfolding clearly in my mind's eye. Each character was incredibly crafted--August and Lily are my favourites. In Lily's narration it was plain that she was a teenager. The writing was so realistic--each belief and fear were so true to her age. The narrow scope of youth was so plain. I LOVED IT. I laughed, I cried, I never wanted to put it away. The way that the characters grow throughout the novel--especially Lily--was so moving. You don't just watch them grow, you grow right along with them. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone! More realistically, I recommend this book to fiction lovers, especially women's fiction lovers. The Secret Life of Bees is along the same lines as The Help. If you enjoyed that, you'll likely enjoy this too
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