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Sue Monk Kidd

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the-secret-life-of-bees-sue-monk-kiddLily, Chapter 8live in a hive of darkness, and you are my mother.Sources:Re-Writing the ‘Master’ Narrative: Sue Monk Kidds Journey to the Black Madonnaby Kathleen Carico,, Texas Christian University magazineCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.RacismSkin color differences lead to cruel, brutal feelings.MothersA mother can be found in the Divine Mother or any other woman.Spirituality & ReligionReligion can foster spirituality, which leads to wholeness.ThemesLily OwensMotherless 14-year-old girl and spiritual seeker; leaves her abusive father to understand her mother but discovers the mother within herselfRosaleen DaiseStrong-willed black woman who is jailed for challenging white supremacists; raised Lily and joins her on her journeyAugust BoatwrightFemale master beekeeper who cared for Lilys mother when she was young; becomes Lilys spiritual mentorMain CharactersLike Lily Owens, Kidd grew up in a small town in the American South in the midst of the civil rights movement. As an adult, Kidd began writing and departed from traditional Christianity to forge a connection with the Divine Feminine—a journey that is mirrored in The Secret Life of Bees.SUE MONK KIDDBORN 1948AuthorIn her community and in her own heart, Lily finds the mother she seeks.RewardLily faces painful personal truths as she learns the art of beekeeping.WorkThe Black Madonna picture left behind by her mother guides Lily to Tiburon.GuideIn the summer of 1964, white teenager Lily Owens journeys to a nearby town in South Carolina, seeking information about her dead mother. Embraced by a group of strong black women, Lily learns the art of beekeeping and cultivates a connection to the Divine Mother within and around her.Finding Spiritual Connection & CommunityOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language2002Year PublishedSue Monk KiddAuthorThe Secret Life of BeesFictionNovel

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