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Summary of The Secret Life of Bees from Sue Monk Kidd

Narrated by: Norma Jean Gradsky
Length: 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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In The Secret Life of Bees, the narrator's voice is quite convincing as a 14-year-old girl. Sue Monk Kidd uses a straightforward style, adding small remnants of magical realism to incorporate the bees, as well as the strange string of events that brings Lily and Rosaleen to the Boatwright house. Using historical markers - like the Civil Rights Act - Kidd manages to keep the story grounded in real events, counterbalancing a few fantastic or eccentric elements, like the pink house and a non-traditional view on religion. The beginning of each chapter features a quotation from nonfiction works that deals with bees and beekeeping. They all serve similar purposes, but many of the quotes are only loosely related to beekeeping. This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book.

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