The Secret Life Of Bees
“Sue Monk Kidd’s eccentric, inventive, and ultimately forgiving novel is reminiscent of the work of Reynolds Price in its ability to create a truly original Southern voice.”
--Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife
“This is the story of a young girl's journey toward healing, and of finding, at its end, not only wholeness, but the intrinsic sacredness of living in the world. I think it is simply wonderful.”
--Anne Rivers Siddons, author of Nora, Nora
“The Secret Life of Bees is a novel of love and almost unbelievable courage, the quest of one young girl in search of her mother and so much more.
Sue Monk Kidd takes on huge things, and by writing about what is mysterious, even difficult, in life, illuminates what is beautiful.
She proves that a family can be found where you least expect it--maybe not under your own roof, but in that magical place where you find love. The Secret Life of Bees is a gift, filled with hope.”
--Luanne Rice, author of Dream Country
“Sue Monk Kidd has written a wonderful novel about mothers and daughters and
the transcendent power of love, all the while masterfully illuminating the feminine face of God.”
--Connie May Fowler, author of Before Women Had Wings
“With imagination as lush and colorful as the American South, a clutch of deliciously
eccentric characters, and vivid prose, Sue Monk Kidd creates a rich, maternal haven in a harsh world.”
--Christina Schwarz, author of Drowning Ruth
“Sue Monk Kidd is an extraordinary storyteller.
In The Secret Life of Bees, she explores a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother; her courage to tear down racial barriers;
and her joy as she claims her place within a community of women. Beautifully written.”
--Ursula Hegi, author of The Vision of Emma Blau
“I am amazed that this moving, original, and accomplished book is a first novel. It is wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous, and takes a line which is— refreshingly —strongly female without being cliche-feminist.
It is also deliciously eccentric, which lifts it out of the usual category of a rite-of-passage novel into the realms of real distinction. DO read it.”
--Joanna Trollope, author of Marrying the Mistress
“Writing with the intimate voice of the memoirist and with the Southerner's abiding sense of place, Sue Monk Kidd has written a forgiving story for the motherless child in all of us.”
--Shelby Hearon, author of Ella in Bloom
“What a splendid novel! It's wonderfully thoughtful and sensitive and compulsively readable.”
--Susan Isaacs, author of Long Time no See
“The Secret Life of Bees is a rich, lovely novel, brimming with energy and humor and hope.
Its women will surely take prominent places among the heroines of Southern fiction.”
--Josephine Humphreys, author of Nowhere Else on Earth and Rich in Love