When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother", Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest 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 share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
©2003 Sue Monk Kidd; (P)2008 Penguin
Attorney & Artist
A poignant story of a young girl who finds herself born into a violent, abusive, rascist environment and has the strength, ingenuity and open-mindedness to fashion a beautiful new life for herself encouraged by the secret lives of the bees and their most excellent keepers. The effort was appreciated also as a cultural commentary, lest those of us living in this arguably post-racial society might not remember the hurt, pain and misunderstandings wrought by racism.
The story is well-constructed; the characters are well-developed -- I want to meet August Boatright -- and masterfully narrated. A very enjoyable listen.
I love a coming of age, heartwarming story, and this was a very nice one. Lily is a charming, strong willed character that I fell in love with instantly. She breaks away from the terrible life she is left with by her mother's death, and goes in search of her mother's past. It is a very enjoyable story, with some darkness, and humor to balance it nicely.
I recommend it, and bought it for my teenage nieces, who loved it!
Avid listener on my daily commute!
Best. Narrator. Ever.
The confrontation between T Ray and Lily in the home of the calendar sisters.
A lovely, moving, and memorable book. It will stay with me.
I watched the movie first and really enjoyed it, but the book is always better!!! I love this story. Fantastic writing!!!
This audio book is delightful and inspiring. I enjoyed the gentle rhythm of the book. This is a presentation of powerful women who live a life of integrity and wisdom.
I loved the book. It was sad but a great story. I listen to it while walking home from work and it was a great companion.
I absolutely love this book! It is so well written, the metaphors she uses makes you feel like you can touch, see and hear everything that happens in the story. The narrator was flawless.
I absolutely would. Jenna Lamia is one of the best!
She is so emotionally present with the material -- she really draws me in as a listener. I felt like I was completely inside the main character's head.
Narration was the best I've ever heard. Absolutely loved it! You should listen, too! :)
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