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
This is one of the best Audible books, story and narration, that I have listened to. I could barely bear to stop listening. This author writes beautifully and her words are like poetry. I can't wait to watch the movie! Highly recommend this book!'n
The narrator was able to do perform a southern accent that I found irresistible.
The story had me hooked right from the beginning, when T-Ray verbally abuses his daughter.
While the narrator was amazing, I found the story itself a little boring. Interesting feminist and race themes that reminded me of her other book except almost nothing happens in this book. She runs away from her home and finds a new home living with a trio of african-american women. The story is driven mainly by the Lily's own (largely internal) journey of self forgiveness etc etc.
The invention of wings on the other hand was the complete opposite with the story spanning decades and filled with numerous (many historically accurate) events occuring that keep you guessing about the fates of the two main characters. You get insight about their inner journey as well but in a much more eventful setting which suits me more I guess.
I first read this book when I was 14 and I couldn't put it down. Ten years later and I still read it when I'm feeling down about my life. I like the narrator. She really brought out the emotions of the story.
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