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Eclectic Book Club: The Secret Life of Bees

Lily Owens, 14, is an emotionally abused white girl living with her cold, uncaring father on a peach farm in rural South Carolina. The memory of her mother, who was accidentally killed in Lily's presence when she was four, haunts her constantly. She has one of her mother's few possessions, a picture of a black Madonna with the words, Tiburon, South Carolina, written on the back. Lily's companion during her sad childhood has been Rosaleen, the black woman hired to care for her. Rosaleen, in a euphoric mood after the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, goes to town to register to vote and insults one of the town's most racist residents. After she is beaten up and hospitalized, Lily decides to rescue her and they go to Tiburon to search for memories of her mother.

Book Club Info
Title: 
The Secret Life of Bees
Author: 
Sue Monk Kidd
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http://content.sirsi.com/uhtbin/getenrich/0670894605/COVER_GIF
Event Info
Date: 
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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