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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tinder Press; New Ed edition (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747266832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266839
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,271 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am amazed that this moving, original, and accomplished book is a first novel. It is wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous, and takes a line which is - refreshingly - strongly female without being cliche-feminist. It is also deliciously eccentric, which lifts it out of the usual category of a rite-of-passage novel into the realms of real distinction. Do read it (Joanna Trollope)

Charming, funny, moving and unmistakeably from the American South... a story that whips together heat, violence, eccentricity, madness and the Gothic (The Times)

Lily is a wonderfully petulant and self-absorbed adolescent, and Kidd deftly portrays her sense of injustice as it expands to accomodate broader social evils...August and her sisters, June and May, are no mere vehicles for Lily's salvation; they are individuals as fully imagined as the sweltering, kudzu-carpeted landscape that surrounds them (New York Times Book Review)

This is a wonderful book, by turns funny, sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris. (The Daily Telegraph)

Eccentric, inventive, and ultimately forgiving... a truly original Southern voice (Anita Shreve)

Sue Monk Kidd... Illuminates what is beautiful... THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES is a gift, filled with hope (Luanne Rice)

This is the story of a young girl's journey toward healing, and of finding, at its end, not only wholeness, but the intrinsic sacredness of living in the world. I think it is simply wonderful (Anne Rivers Siddons)

A wonderfully written debut novel (Kirkus Reviews)

With imagination as lush and colorful as the American South, a clutch of deliciously eccentric characters, and vivid prose, Sue Monk Kidd creates a rich, maternal haven in a harsh world (Christina Schwarz)

As original as its title and rivetingly so... It is one of the most inventive books I have read in a long time, and utterly compelling... This book demands to be read again and again, for it is not so much the solving of the mystery that is compulsive, but the gentle, sensitive, humorous and intensely colourful creation of a world far from our own (Oxford Times)

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The multi-million-copy-bestselling first novel from the author of THE INVENTION OF WINGS. THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES was a New York Times bestseller for over two years, was made into an award-winning film and was long-listed for the Orange Prize.

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