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Publisher Description

The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees 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 deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

Fiction & Literature
January 28
Penguin Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

warrllor ,

Thought provoking read

Nice book. Easy to pick up. Some tips on life and living.

High School Reader ,

Typically normal

This book was a sometimes interesting, somtimes boring read. I thought it was going to be an excellent book for the first 3 or so chapters then it took a turn for the worst until chapter 9. Then again, I am a 15 year old kid reading this for english class and I think girls my age and older would enjoy it thoroughly. The could relate and understand to the events going on throughout the story better.

Agdistis21 ,


This book is wonderful if your not an idiot like the guy two comments down. It is a moving story, rife with emotional character development. And yes, even a few choice swear words that give an heir of authenticity to the time period it takes place in, about a way of life and thinking that was once a very real part of our own history. Great read :)

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