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The Secret Life of Bees written by Sue Monk Kidd is a story about a young girl named Lily who has grown up most of her life without a mother While living with her father T Ray Lily is punished and treated like she is garbage leading her to run away so she can find the truth about her mother Lilys mother Deborah was killed when Lily was still a young baby never know how she really died or how she was killed The story takes place in South Carolina in 1964 during the civil rights era When Lily runs away she ends up in Tiburon South Carolina with Rosaleen who is like a mother to her and has been taking care of Lily since Lilys mother died When she arrives at Tiburon Lily and Rosaleen meets May June and August who offer them a place to live and jobs The bees that the Boatwright sisters own attract Lily to them because it helps her relate with her dead mother and give her signs that she is there watching her showing her that she is looking over her When working with the bees Lily meets a young African American boy named Zach that she later begins to get feeling for not know that there could be consequences The Bees are a big part of the story that help Lily feel like her mother is giving her signals to help her in life The Boatwright sisters change Lily in many ways and help her become a woman who loves herself and cares about herself something she had not felt in a long timeAt first Lily feels guilty unlovable neglected and abandoned because she grew up without a mother and a terrible father that would treat her like she didnt exist T Ray the father never gave her the feeling of love and happiness The Boatwright sisters have a big impact in changing the way Lily acts
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