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Have you ever wondered why life can be so difficult sometimes Sue Monk Kidd proves this in her novel The Secret Life of Bees This is the tale of a young girls method to healing and of finding at the end not merely wholeness but the indefeasible sacredness of living in this world She uses the bees as a metaphor for humans Kidd in this book shows how most of the characters are not what they seem on the surface The bees are a symbol of the soul of death and rebirth Kidd also uses the theme of truth and forgiveness throughout the whole novel to address the wounds of loss betrayal and the scarcity of love The power of women with extraordinary gifts coping with loss and finding forgiveness This book is a powerful coming of age story of the ability of love to transform our livesLily Owens a fourteen year old girl whose mother Deborah died when she was four years old Lily now lives with her dad T Ray and black nanny Rosaleen Lily spent her life around the devastating moment of when and how her mother died All she can remember is that she was the one who killed her mother T Ray is very neglectful and abusive father Lily with the help of a bee that escaped her jar she decides that she needs to escape as well I heard a voice say Lily Melissa Owens you jar is open In a matter of seconds I knew exactly what I had to do-leave Kidd 41 With the help of the bees Lily realized that she needs to escape her brutal dad in order to find the truth and to learn to forgiveLily decides that the best place for her to go is to Tiburon South Carolina The reason for this is a picture of black Mary she has left from her mom that has Tiburon written on the back of
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