The Secret Life Of Bees

The Secret Life Of Bees


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ISBN: 9780747266839
Themes: realistic fiction inequality Society Family Racism


The Secret Life Of Bees is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Lily. Lily grew up in South Carolina on a peach farm with her dad. Lily is tormented by memories of holding the gun that accidentally killed her mother, as if that isn’t bad enough her dad has told her that she was the one that discharged it.

Growing up without a female role model has made Lily a social outcast at school and now her only friend is her nanny Rosaleen. One day, Lily and Rosaleen find themselves caught up in an incident typical of the heightened racial tensions of the time and end up fugitives on the run.

Desperate to escape the tensions of her hometown and the life on the farm Lily sets off in search of a place she knows her mother once visited.

She and Rosaleen end up seeking refuge with three beekeeping sisters; August, May and June. Will Lily be able to find the answers she desperately seeks about her mother?

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