The Secret Life of Bees is a novel by Sue Monk Kidd that was first published in 2001. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Lily Owens, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in The Secret Life of Bees and in-depth analysis of Lily Owens, August Boatwright, and Zach Taylor.

Literary Devices

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Quick Quizzes

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