The Secret Life of Bees is the story of Lily Melissa Owens, a white teenager who runs away from her abusive widower father in the company of their African American maid and substitute mother figure, Rosaleen. The novel follows the two women on a journey to a safe haven at the home of the beekeeping Boatwright sisters. The novels deal with beekeeping, Civil Rights, motherhood, and abusive relationships while charting Lily's journey to self-actualization.

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