The Secret Life of Bees - A Conversation
I am an avid reader - if you haven't figured that out yet. I love to read. It takes me away to faraway places, to another time and place, to a place in my brain where I feel like I've curled up with a blanket in the comfiest chair I can find. Well, I found the perfect book to take me away this summer - The Secret Life of Bees.
Yes, I saw the movie with Dakota Fanning, but the book - oh, the book - it is gripping and will keep you hooked from the first page to the last. It is the story of a little girl, Lily Owens, who breaks her black "stand in mother" out of jail (for insulting 3 of the most racist men in in town) and runs away from home. She lost her mother when she was four and thought that she was responsible for her death. Her father was abusive, yet I was led to believe that he was afraid and alone and just didn't know how to raise a daughter, so he took his frustrations out on Lily.