The Secret Life of Bees Criticism

Sue Monk Kidd
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The Secret Life of Bees was met with generally positive reviews when it was published in 2002. Sue Monk Kidd had already established a reputation for herself as a writer of inspirational literature, and many reviewers seemed to approach the novel in that spirit, praising it for its upbeat message of the power of love. Jarrod Zickefoose, writing in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, suggests that the reader must force sympathy for Lily, but that "August's deep spirituality, her security and her wisdom form a character that permeates the pages." In the April 2002 Women's Review of Books, Rosellen Brown ultimately concludes that the novel "has less sting in the end than its swarm of griefs would seem to promise," but admires Kidd's vision of "a sort of beloved community, part Oz, part ashram, part center for racial reconciliation." The novel was well received in England as well, as...

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