Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees is about Lily Owens, a young woman living on a peach farm with her father, T. Ray. Lily doesn't lead an easy life. One day Lily finds a way to leave the peach farm and search for answers about her mother and herself. Combined Lily's search with the Civil Rights movement in the South and you've got a fantastic story.
I've read other books by Sue Monk Kidd so I knew I would just fall into Lily's story and not want to leave. Each character has a life about them. They seem to leap off the page. Lily, August, T. Ray, Rosleen, June and May become so alive that I think they do live in Tiburon, South Carolina and I could visit the bright pink house.
I also took away a lot from Lily's story. All of us are adrift at times. All of us don't know who we are and wind up searching for answers. Sometimes we think a new place will show us who we are but instead we find the answers within ourselves. We are the answers; we just need to listen.
The Secret Life of Bees is a beautiful story that I got lost in. I highly recommend it to anyone. Other who shared their thoughts: Reading On A Rainy Day, BiblioHistoria, and Book Loving Mommy.