The Secret Life of Bees

Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd


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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Sue Monk Kidd's exquisite first novel has received huge acclaim. 'Wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous... Do read it' Joanna Trollope

'A personal favourite, one of those infectiously written books you can't get out of your mind...a lovely tale' Bookseller

'A tale that's beautifully and movingly written' Buzz

'Kidd's first novel is well placed, gentle and deeply moving' The Times

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780747266839
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Book Publishing
  • : 0.269
  • : April 2003
  • : 197mm X 126mm X 26mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sue Monk Kidd
  • : Paperback
  • : 02
  • : en
  • : 813/.54
  • : 375
  • : Modern fiction