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
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.
I first listened to "The Invention of Wings" which I found beautiful and captivating. Having visited Charleston several times I felt a great connection realizing I had been to many if the same places mentioned in the book. it really gave the city new life for me.
I loved the narration and wondered if, in this book, because it is read by one of the same women who narrated "Wings" , there would be enough of a "differential" to make it work.
Well it works! Brilluantly! The story is beautiful and beautifully read. And as with 'Wings" I developed a connection with the characters and was sad when it was over.
Warm. Refreshing. A great listen.
I loved the bare thoughts coming from Lily; the authentic and loving August. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive writing. Though I don't believe in their form of worship, I loved that these women were so devoted to it, and so strong. I was pulled in and became part of this group of women, feeling their joys and sorrows and aching. The audible performance was perfect.
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