It must have been mid 2013, when I read The Secret Life of Bees, a multi-million bestselling novel by Sue Monk Kidd, award-winning author of The Invention of Wings.
Personally I prefer to read books on an e-reader. Not that I do not own hardcover and paperback books, but I just like the convenience of being able to read multiple books on the road, without having to carry the physical weight.
I don’t know if it was the title, The Secret Life of Bees, that I was drawn to or the colorful illustration on the cover, but before I knew it, I was reading page after page.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, 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 sister, 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 that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” – Sue Monk Kidd
It wasn’t until very recent that I had found out about the movie adaptation, starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys. The Secret Life of Bees movie was released on October 17, 2008 and had won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
The storyline of the novel is very well portrayed on screen. The cast matches the description of the characters almost perfectly. The acting is outstanding. Definitely a must-see movie.
Did you read the book or watch the movie? What are your thoughts on this story?
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