The Secret Life Of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
Set in South Carolina in 1964.
Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens' only memories of her mother revolve around the day she was killed and those memories are minimal and horrific. Her father has been resentful and cruel towards her for her entire life. Lily has tried time and again to gain her father's love and approval, only to have her attempts backfire.
When her nanny, Rosaleen, a strong-willed black woman, finds herself in trouble, Lily takes this as opportunity to get away from her father. She decides to go to the only place she can think of where she might find answers about her mother. Going solely upon the name of a town written on the back of a picture of the Black Madonna, she and Rosaleen find their way towards freedom and answers.
I really enjoyed this book. While it gives perspective of racism in the 1960's, this story isn't really about racism, but about the spirits inside oneself. It shows us that family doesn't always mean the people you are born to, and that your true self can be found deep within, if you just look.
Conclusion: Glad I picked up this book.