Apr 18, 2009

Saturday Story Time

I had this book on my reading list for a long time but it kept getting bumped to the bottom of my list. In January, our local library chose this book for it's monthly discussion. Once I noticed it was picked, I pulled out my "Books to Read" notebook and crossed it off.

This book made me laugh, it made me cry. I felt joy, worry, love, concern and a sense of peace. I would love to add this book to my collection but as some say...so many books to own, so little money! Off to the library I go to pick something else for next week, enjoy!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Fourteen-year-old Lily Owens lost her beloved mother when she was only four—under tragic circumstances clouded by time and secrecy. She later found a fiercely protective "stand-in," her abusive father's outspoken housekeeper, Rosaleen. Ignoring differences in age and color—and the fact that racial hatred seethed during the summer of 1964 in rural South Carolina—these two unlikely companions set off on a seemingly aimless pilgrimage that ends at the home of a trio of eccentric bee-keeping black sisters.
Lily tells her remarkable tale of longing and love in an idiom and accent heard far south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but the lessons learned during her odyssey into the world of bees and their "secret life" are universal and everlasting.
In her debut novel, Sue Monk Kidd proves herself adept both at storytelling and at creating characters who are simultaneously outlandish and credible—in other words, worthy to join the ranks of such first-rate Southern stylists as Kaye Gibbons, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Ellen Gilchrist.


Jovita said...

Thanks for the review Awna, I often thought about watching this movie but I rather read the book first.

Have you saw the movie, and how does it compare to the book?