the secret life of bees
Sue Monk Kidd
"Knowing can be a curse on a person's life." An absolute gem of a book that I picked up as a child, now reread as an adult. Each page is filled with wisdom that triggers your heartstrings. Be prepared to answer questions about life, and wonder why some people are the way they are. Kidd uses the life of bees as a metaphor to shine clarity on the difficult secrets humans keep. Lily is a young girl who runs away from home with her maid, to escape a terrifying father. The story moves through various themes of racism, love, lies, hope, empathy, trust, and betrayal. Read it.