Summary of The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Includes Analysis
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....
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