The secret life of bees

302 pages

English language

Published Dec. 27, 2003 by Penguin.

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4 stars (6 reviews)

Now in paperback comes the intoxicating debut novel of "one motherless daughter's discover of ... the strange and wondrous places we find love" ("The Washington Post"). Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing work is set in South Carolina in 1964.

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5 stars

This is an absolute amazing book. A wonderful story written with amazingly descriptive language. It borders on poetry at points. However, be aware that this coming-of-age story deals with childhood trauma including abandonment. It's a must read, but anyone that might be triggered, do so with fair warning. I found myself crying on multiple occasions with this book.

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5 stars

I listened to the audio book over a few weeks on my daily commute.

This is a beautiful book, in fact a perfect book.

Gorgeous prose that compliments rather than detracting from the story. I wasn't sure what the story would be about and the beginning seemed very dark and sad, I wasn't sure I was going to like it (in that it wouldn't make me happy) but soon the book blossomed and became a sweet story of a young girl in a world she can barely comprehend.

I loved this story was wrapped around hives and dripping with honey, filled with the buzzing of bees ; all of which are just a tiny part of the tale of the deep American south, of racism, of change, of life and death and how we are all tiny parts of a whole...just like the bees.

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  • Teenage girls -- Fiction
  • African American women -- Fiction
  • Maternal deprivation -- Fiction
  • Race relations -- Fiction
  • Beekeepers -- Fiction
  • Sisters -- Fiction
  • South Carolina -- Fiction