July 11, 2006 SUMMER READING

Am about two=thirds of the way through a delightful book,  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

     Set in South Carolina, this deeply imagined book 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” insults three of the dangerous racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both  from a jail cell.  They escape to Tiburton, South Carolina – a town that hold the secret to her mother’s past.

      Taken in by an eccentric and loveable trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna hovering over all.  This is a remarkable first novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come  and men will be enriched by if they read it with a modicum of humility.

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