The Secret Life of Bees

  • by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia
  • 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A fabulous coming-of-age debut novel that has sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and has been made into a movie starring Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, and Paul Bettany.
Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart.
South Carolina in the '60s is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died 10 years before.
Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.


What the Critics Say

"Wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous... Do read it" (Joanna Trollope)
'This is a wonderful book, by turns funny, sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph


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Beautifully read
Beautifully written with great compassion
I loved the writing style and descriptive quality of this book
Sad in so many places but written with a great sense of how a child thinks and with a good sense of humor
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Deeply personal and heart wrenching

Set in a sliver of tumultuous contemporary American history, the story follows Lilly's search for her true self and is warm, funny, sad, tragic, comical, romantic, instructive, serendipitous and slowly unravelling a raw truth and a bond that draws all the characters together. An unexpected joy.
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- Carole Withane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-24-2014
  • Publisher: Headline Digital