The Secret Life of Bees Setting & Symbolism

Sue Monk Kidd
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The Peach Sign

A flesh-colored sign in the shape of a peach, with a crease down the center of it, signifies the entrance to the Owens property. Perched on a sixty-foot pole, many that pass refer to it as the "Great Big Fanny." Lily sees it as her father, T-Ray's, way of mooning the world, which is his style.

The Owens Property

Located off the main highway just outside the town of Sylvan, South Carolina, is T-Ray and Lily's peach growing enterprise. A peach stand and two signs are located at the entrance.

Peach Stand

Lily often works at the peach stand over the summer break. When nobody purchases peaches and sales are slow, she watches trucks passing while sitting on an upturned milk crate because T-Ray will not allow her to read books.

Wooden Sign

Signifying the entrance to the Owens property, the wooden sign has "Owens...

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