The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd

  • Release Date: 2002-01-28
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 715 Ratings


The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Mandatory for every female!!!

    By native cali chic
    This blew my mind away. Reading this book was more important than studying for finals unfortunately. This novel speaks to the heart of every girl and every woman regardless of their background. Her writing is flawless, you'll devour it instantly. What I love about her work, is the dialogue this book sparks and a mentality of how we view family, love, loss, pain and joy.

    By Hefbhebfishdbci
    Sue Monk Kidd outdid herself. Recommend for anyone ages 1-200. Really easy to read and a brilliant work of art. I laughed, cried, smiled, and resented all in one while reading this book. I was best friends with Lily for the short time spent reading this book. I honestly wish it was longer.
  • Um

    By Jessssssstc
    Mad that this book won't download
  • Outstanding

    By Moswald0201
    I was required to read this book before starting my freshman year at MHS. I didn't think this was going to be a good book because required books for school are never good however I was hooked on the first page. This is truly the most amazing book I have ever read and it's written beautifully.
  • Disappointed

    By Most attention grabbing book
    I found that this book would never end. Sometimes it felt like the characters would never stop talking. The only chapters that held my attention were the last 2, which is nothing to write home about.
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    By MamaWar
    This was a great read!! I loved the unpredictability of events! The bee theme was fascinating!
  • This was an amazing book to read

    By Chipotle42100
    This book changed the way I look at beekeepers because no one knows how hard they actually work to get honey,my father was a beekeeper for sometime in his childhood and he tells me all of his stories and they're all really interest me but this book did the exact same thing because it is just plain awesome.
  • Best book I've ever read.

    By PFC11B
    I read this in high school and have read it numerous times since then; I'm 21 and in the Army Infantry now. My buddies can judge all they want but this book touches my heart every time.
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    By sneakydelicious
    Enjoyable read, for sure....for any age.
  • Great summer reading

    By Sofballgirl
    Found this by accident. I've not seen the movie but the book was a winner! I was hungry to find out more about each character. The romance of the South, the discord of the 60s, and the musings of a teenage outcast blend together in perfect harmony. I did not want it to end.