The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

I am truly amazed at how many books have made it to the silver screen, and this one is no exception.

It is 1964, in the midst of The Civil Rights Act into Law, and Black people being able to vote, it was still a very tumultuous time in the south.

Lilly, is 14 and lives with her father who owns a peach orchard. Rosaleen is the black woman who tends to the house and Lilly. Lilly’s mother died when she was 4, and since then knows that something happened, but she can’t remember it clearly. She has images of the accident in her mind, but then they go fuzzy. Whenever she brings up the accident to her father, he gets angry and stomps off.

The day Lilly turns 14, her and Rosaleen walk into town, so that Rosaleen can register to vote. Something happens that lands Rosaleen and Lilly in jail. That night Lilly decides that enough is enough, and breaks Rosaleen out of the hospital and leave town.

Why would Lilly do this? Well, Lilly has come across a black Mary on a piece of wood, and thinks its part of where her mother was before she has died. So they start their adventure, not knowing how far or how long it is going to take them to get there.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and I have watched the movie which just came to DVD a few weeks ago. It was a story of love and loss, taking back what you lost, gaining something you never had in the first place because you were lower then 2nd class.

The movie itself was very close to the book, and I have to admit, quite good.

Sue Monk Kidd

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