The Secret Life of Bees
Signed by Author 0670894605 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards, spine, endpages and gilt/lettering are all pristine. The pages are clean, having no markings or folds. The dustjacket is bright and AS NEW, without the good morning slug. Original price is intact. Brodart protected. No remainder mark. Not ex-lib. Signed by author on title page, without inscription, dated 2002. Bookseller Inventory # 000999
About this title:
When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's most vicious racists, 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. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love?a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
Review: In Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, 14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their Georgia peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she barely remembers. These consoling fantasies are her heart's answer to the family story that as a child, in unclear circumstances, Lily accidentally shot and killed her mother. All Lily has left of Deborah is a strange image of a Black Madonna, with the words "Tiburon, South Carolina" scrawled on the back. The search for a mother, and the need to mother oneself, are crucial elements in this well-written coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s against a background of racial violence and unrest. When Lily's beloved nanny, Rosaleen, manages to insult a group of angry white men on her way to register to vote and has to skip town, Lily takes the opportunity to go with her, fleeing to the only place she can think of--Tiburon, South Carolina--determined to find out more about her dead mother. Although the plot threads are too neatly trimmed, The Secret Life of Bees is a carefully crafted novel with an inspired depiction of character. The legend of the Black Madonna and the brave, kind, peculiar women who perpetuate Lily's story dominate the second half of the book, placing Kidd's debut novel squarely in the honored tradition of the Southern Gothic. --Regina Marler
Title: The Secret Life of Bees
Publisher: Viking Adult, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Payment Methods Accepted by Seller
Check Money Order Cash PayPal Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer
Southron Books, LLC
Lexington, SC, U.S.A.
AbeBooks Seller Since December 7, 2011
A. David Ruple. Southron Books, LLC. 602 East Main Street Suite D Lexington SC 29072. firstname.lastname@example.org. (803) 520-8098.
Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.
Store Description: We focus primarily on First Editions, Modern Fiction, Southern Fiction, South Caroliniana, and South Carolina authors.