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The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd

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1. What town is Lily originally from?

2. What does Lily call her father?

3. How did Lily’s mother die?

4. Who is Lily’s best friend at school?

5. What convinces Lily to leave home?

6. What fruit does Lily’s father sell?

7. Where does Lily tell August she and Rosaleen are headed?

8. Who does August live with?

9. What color is the Boatwright house?

10. Why is the Boatwright house painted this color?

11. What does June do with her time?

12. Who is August’s husband?

13. What does Lily tell people her surname is?

14. What does Lily love?

15. Why is Zach arrested?

16. What does Zach want to be when he grows up?

17. Where does Lily stay at the Boatwright farm?

18. How does Lily contact her father from Tiburon?

19. How does May commit suicide?

20. What causes August to call Lily “a true beekeeper”?

21. What does Lily remember best about her mother?

22. Where does May go when she is sad?

23. What is the relationship between Neil and June?

24. Who tells Lily’s father where she is?

25. Where does Lily go at the end of the novel?

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secret life of bees

by alicewilliams123, August 20, 2013

full title · The Secret Life of Bees

author · Sue Monk Kidd

type of work · Novel

genre · Bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel)

language · English

time and place written · 1997–2001, near Charleston, South Carolina

date of first publication · 2002

publisher · Viking Penguin

narrator · Fourteen-year-old Lily narrates the novel in retrospect, from the house where she now lives with the Boatwright sisters.

point of view · Lily narrates the novel in the first-person, desc... Read more

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A Huge Mistake

by DrewBraue, September 15, 2013

Someone in my class had this problem, probably from looking on this page as well. The No. 3 Quote is wrong. In the book the quote is about impossibility after talking about being in love with zach and it says "THE WORD (impossible) IS A GREAT BIG LOG THROWN ON THE FIRES OF LOVE"

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It would be helpful if you add the page numbers

by _RussianSpy_, September 20, 2014

Website is very helpful, I finished my assignment a lot faster with it, but you should add page numbers

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