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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
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Jan 03, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2009

This book was beautiful on so many levels, it is a new favorite of mine. The setting was described in a way I could clearly picture the South Carolina scenery and the time period (even though I wasn't even born yet in 1964 when the story takes place). The prolific characters were expertly drawn; the author perfectly captured the POV of her fourteen-year-old protagonist, Lily, in that part of her life where she's too old to be considered a child but hasn't had the life experience to be veiwed as an adult.

While there is sadness and loss at the heart of this moving story, the novel exudes happiness and tender moments. Racial issues are presented in a way that it makes it easy to understand the shoking small-mindedness of that era. The story centers around what family really means, whether it is blood relatives or those we choose to love.


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