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The Secret Life of Bees
    2018-08-08  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

《蜜蜂的秘密生活》

By author Sue Monk Kidd, it is a coming-of-age story about loss and betrayal. It received critical acclaim and was a New York Times bestseller. The book was adapted into a 2008 film.

Set in the fictitious* town of Sylvan, South Carolina in 1964, “The Secret Life of Bees” tells the story of a 14-year-old white girl, Lily Melissa Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. She lives in a house with her abusive* father, whom she refers to as T. Ray. They have a no-nonsense maid, Rosaleen, who acts as a surrogate* mother for Lily.

The book opens with Lily’s discovery of bees in her bedroom. Then, after Rosaleen is arrested for pouring her bottle of “snuff juice” on three white men, Lily breaks her out of the hospital and they decide to leave town.

They begin hitch-hiking* toward Tiburon, South Carolina, a place written on the back of an image of the Virgin Mary as a black woman, which Deborah, her mother, had owned.

They spend a night in the woods with little food and little hope before reaching Tiburon. There, they buy lunch at a general store, and Lily recognizes a picture of the same “Black Mary” but on the side of a jar of honey. They receive directions to the origin of that honey, the Boatwright residence to meet the makers of the honey: August, May, and June. Lily makes up a story about being an orphan. Lily and Rosaleen are invited to stay with the sisters. During their stay, Lily finally finds out the truth about her mother’s death.

(SD-Agencies)

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