The Secret Life of Bees
The year – 1964.
The location – South Carolina.
The politics – African Americans are given the right to vote.
Sue Monk Kidd’s (2002) novel, The Secret Life of Bees, tells the story of Lily Owens, a young girl who seems to remember murdering her mother. On her personal quest to find out all she can about her mother, and in an attempt to get away from an abusive father, she runs away with Rosaleen, the family housekeeper, and serendipitously discovers the home her mother had run away to years earlier.
This is the story of a child wanting a mother, but underlying that story is another of the complicated relationships between women of different races at a time and in a place when racism was the norm. It is a story about women helping women.