The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, a time of racial violence and unrest, this is the story of 14 year-old Lily Owens. Since the age of four Lily’s life has been dominated by her abusive father and the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s beloved nanny Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s fiercest racists on her way to register to vote, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.
Recommended age: 14+

Fantastic fiction

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