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Reading The Secret Life of Bees –

Set In South Carolina In , 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 Sisters, 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 Women Will Share And Pass On To Their Daughters For Years To Come Is it ever not going to be problematic to have a book about a young white girl finding nurturing black mother figures in the South It s not the book itself, necessarily, just the part where this is practically a genre unto itself, and I haven t run into any books certainly not with the stature of this one about the young girl in the South who is black, and her experiences Also the part where the black women are mostly there to mother the young white girl, and all of their differences tend to come down to eccentricities This is probably unduly harsh The Secret Life of Bees is not a bad book it s an easy read, it s a comfortable read, even in its portrayal of the impact of the Civil Rights movement on a small town that is interacting with it mostly through the media It s just the overall impact of the stories authors are choosing to tell, that publishers are choosing to publish, and readers are choosing to read.Does someone have something to recommend to me that breaks out of this mold Lily is the only daughter of an unloving white man Her mother died when she was very little She and Rosaleen, the black woman who raised her after her mother s death hit the road after an altercation between Rosaleen and the biggest racists in town They find themselves in a small town in South Carolina, where they are both or less adopted into the family of three black women, sisters, August, June, and May Lily struggles with how to tell the sisters who she really is and why she s there, as well as anger and guilt about her mother and father Meanwhile, the sisters nurture August takes care of the bees and takes Lily under her wing June, a school teacher, refuses to marry the man she loves May feels the horrors of the world far too sharply Other black women come to their house for their own brand of syncretic worship, focusing around a statue of a Black Virgin Mary This book deals with some fairly difficult issues, so why do I categorize it as not particularly challenging It deals with abuse, suicide, racism, and violence None of those are easy topics And yet, this book never reached out and grabbed me by the throat It seemed to dance over these topics, not ignoring them, but not fully engaging with them either It lacked anger, and some of these issues deserved some anger There were angry characters, but they were mediated by the nurturing aura of the book itself I think part of the problem was that every time I picked it up, I kept pulling away from it, wondering why we so often seem to need this mediating figure of the young white woman in order to tell these stories Wondering where the books about just August, and June, and May were Or Rosaleen Are they not being written Or not published Or am I just entirely oblivious to a bunch of books I should be reading Crossposted to Smorgasbook Okay, hear me out This is SO not the kind of book I normally read It s the kind of book my mother reads You know the type I m talking about Reviving Ophelia , Not Without My Daughter mother y books It was, in fact, my mother who demanded I read this book, because she read it in her book club DOUBLE red flag That is when I normally drop the book and run as fast as possible away from her, screaming and flailing my arms But when she gave me this book I happened to have a lot of time on my hands, so I determined to read it just to humor her, and braced myself for a sickeningly bittersweet learn about yourself Ya Ya Sisterhood fiasco And really, it kind of was But in a cool way And I liked it Don t get me wrong, it is definitely chock full of estrogen soaked coming of age wisdom, complete with a veritable orgy scene of feminine self discovery in which a roomful of goddess worshipping gospel earth mothers smear honey onto a wooden likeness of the Virgin Mary.Admit it, you re kind of interested It s just good Totally not for everyone, but it s good, and it s stayed with me all this time It s kind of a period piece, too, and I guessed what I loved about it is that it s so not done It really is pretty fresh and in my opnion, worthwhile. Ahhh gasp choke stammer I can barely find the words to say how much I loved this book Honestly, The Secret Life of Bees has to be one of the best books I ve read in a while I just want to give it several A s and a kiss It was touching, well written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful, anything you could want in a book and then some It started off with a bang, that wasn t a bang it grabbed you, but didn t startle you so much that the rest of the book was dull in comparison There was romance, love, family, racial issues, religious experiences, and bees.I have a feeling the title may deter a lot of people thinking that, oh, it s a book about bees Well, there is a lot mentioned about bees, but it only helps enrich the story With elements in the bees lives that tied in nicely with the lives of Lily Owens and the bee keeping sisters All the characters are full and developed, except for the asshole racists in the very beginning of the book and somewhere in the middle, but even then real life racists aren t full and developed either I m sorry if you re a racist and you re reading this, but well, fuck off Mwa ha ha ha The only problem I had with this book was that I wished it was longer but I think it was the perfect length Nothing dragged out and nothing cut too short Like little bears porridge, chair, and bed, it was perfect I m not surprised their making a movie out of it I just hope that most people read the book before going to see it, because if they mess it up in the movie, that could deterr a lot of people from reading this wonderful book And typically books are better than movies, because there s and you have freedom for thought I also want them to cast me wink wink Sue Monk Kidd mentioned about possibly writing a sequel, possibly after she finishes writing her current work in progress The Mermaid Chair which, if she continues writing like she did in this book, I will gobble up as soon as it comes out I hope she doesn t write a sequel though, because The Secret Life of Bees can truely stand on it s own And I m sure as much as many people want to read about Lily Owens and the Daughters of Mary, I think it will be hard for the second novel to live up to the expectations the first one made This book may make it hard for Sue Monk Kidd but if her writing continues to be as stellar as the writing in this book she will have a fan base almost as big as J.K Rowling Potter heads note the word almost. I confess to being a little hesitant going into this book It is, after all, that most cliched and irritating of literati faves a coming of age story set in the American South Lily, a motherless 14 year old girl lives with her bigoted abusive father on a peach farm in South Carolina Her goals involve befriending black people and finding information about her long dead mother Just summarizing this thing inspires the eye rolling.But the book does have some saving graces First, the writing is incredible Voice, pacing, transition, and word choice are all stellar On a micro level, Ms Kidd is magnificent For instance, despite the predictability of telling such a tale from the young girl s point of view, I thought the decision worked here Lily herself is absolutely charming She is completely honest with the reader, often to her own detriment If the story had been written from anyone else s point of view, Lily would have been pathetic abused motherless little girl who harbors way too much guilt and angst This book could have gone off the deep end real easy But Lily is a survivor and an optimist, and her naive faith drives this book.Mostly As you might expect in a story of this sort, there was plenty of menstruation angst, boyfriend nervousness, junior cheerleader tryouts, and the requisite abusive father All of these things were painful to read However, something that made this book somewhat fresh was the strong theme of race For a nice chunk of the book, Lily is on the lam with her black housekeeper Rosaleen, traipsing through 1960s South Carolina after busting Rosaleen out of jail for offending some white guys I was struck with the parallels to Mark Twain, only here the adventure was overlaid sometimes heavy handedly with a female sensibility Nice In fact, all of the embedded feminism was well done Recurrent natural images of moonlight and water were beautiful and deliciously pagan The author went to a lot of trouble to create a new religion just for girls part Catholicism, part goddess centered paganism, part ancestor worship The religious aspect was interesting, but not as compelling as the author wanted it to be I could tell she was trying to impress me with the notion of Mary as a goddess protector But I didn t buy it Lily bought it, though, and that was enough to keep me reading.The whole book was a quest for independence, I think To find confidence and drive within, without always needing that crutch of others acceptance The book almost achieved that But it gave in at the last, to deliver a happy ending Now that I think about it, much of the book was cliche But it was also a good read The strength of the narrative voice saved it, and it had some absolutely gut twisting parts The line beginning She was all I ever wanted both painful and breathtaking.