After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
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 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2011-02-03
Sue Monk Kidd's internationally bestselling first novel THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES has delighted many millions of readers around the world. 'Charming, funny, moving' The Times; 'A wonderful book, by turns sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph 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 yearns 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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Release Date: 2016-10-04
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Summary of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Includes Analysis Preview: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a coming-of-age novel narrated by 14-year-old Lily Owens, a young white teen who runs away from home. In equal parts fleeing her abusive father and pursuing a lead on her late mother, whose final days are shrouded in mystery, Lily travels to a nearby town where she finds a new home with a black family. In the racially charged milieu that is Sylvan, South Carolina, in 1964, Lily lives with her father near his peach orchard. She has a hard life. Having accidentally killed her own mother in a gun accident when she was four years old, Lily is being raised by her father, T. Ray, who can be physically abusive and emotionally cruel. At night, bees have been swarming in Lily's room. According to her caretaker, a black woman named Rosaleen Daise, they're harbingers of death. One night, Lily... PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Includes Analysis - Summary of the Book - Important People - Character Analysis - Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.
Author: Ray Moore
Release Date: 2015-10-03
In The Secret Life of Bees the author takes us back to the realities of the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. The Study Guide is a comprehensive aid to reflective reading of this popular novel. Including: 1. An Introduction; 2. Original annotated list of characters; 3. Original sections on setting, genre, themes, etc.; 4. Commentary, explanatory notes and guiding questions for each chapter. 5. Glossary of relevant literary terms; 6. Vocabulary activities and test WITH answers; 7. Two graphic organizers (plot structure and character) for making notes. All you need to reach a deeper understand of this book!
A Study Guide for Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
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Publisher: Total Class Notes
Release Date: 2012-02-01
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Author: Susan Van Kirk
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 2010-02-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. In CliffsNotes on Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, you explore the rural South in the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, where a young girl named Lily Owens is growing up unwanted and unloved. Escaping her home, she begins a journey of self-discovery and learns about racial prejudice. Taken in by a community of strong African-American sisters, she gains strength, knowledge, and self-forgiveness before finally confronting the injustice of the law and the wrath of her callous father. This study guide, which carefully walks you through Lily's learning to love herself living within a community of strong, independent women and to trust her own instincts and mature into a young lady who believes in herself, provides summaries and critical analyses of each chapter of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Sue Monk Kidd. Other features that help you study include An overview of the novel A list of characters, including analyses of major characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Analyses of major themes and symbols A glossary of important terms and phrases from the novel Classic literature or modern-day treasure--you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
In The Secret Life of Bees, the narrator's voice is quite convincing as a 14-year-old girl. Sue Monk Kidd uses a straightforward style, adding small remnants of magical realism to incorporate the bees, as well as the strange string of events that brings Lily and Rosaleen to the Boatwright house. Using historical markers--like the Civil Rights Act--Kidd manages to keep the story grounded in real events, counterbalancing a few fantastic or eccentric elements, like the pink house and a non-traditional view on religion. The beginning of each chapter features a quotation from nonfiction works that deals with bees and beekeeping. They all serve similar purposes, but much of the quotes are only loosely related to beekeeping.This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original bookThis Book Contains: Summary Of The Entire Book Chapter By Chapter Breakdown Analysis Of The Reading Experience
Set in South Carolina in 1964: "...Fourteen-year-old Lily is on the lam with motherly servant Rosaleen, fleeing both Lily's abusive father T. Ray and the police who battered Rosaleen for defending her new right to vote." --Publishers Weekly
The New York Times–bestselling second novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion. When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right and the immutable force of home and marriage. Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to comes discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.
The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Please note there is another digital edition available without Oprah’s notes. Go to Oprah.com/bookclub for more OBC 2.0 content