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The Secret Life of Bees Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees, published in 2001, is Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, written after she became famous with several well-regarded works of nonfiction. The novel begins in South Carolina in the summer of 1964, and follows Lily Owens on her transformational journey to discover the truth about her mother's past. After running away from home, Lily goes to a honey farm in Tiburon, South Carolina that held some mysterious significance for her mother. There, she meets the Boatwright sisters and enters their amazing world of beekeeping, female community, and homespun spirituality. During that summer at the Boatwright house, Lily learns crucial lessons about herself, her mother, and the way...

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