SparkNotes: The Secret Life of Bees: Chapter 8

Kidd shows the irrationality of racism through the characters in her book, The Secret Life of Bees and shows that even during that time period, some unique people, were able to see beyond the heavy curta...

In the novel The Secret Life of Bees Lily Owens loses her mother at the early age of four.

Five minutes into The Secret Life of Bees, we learn Lily Owens's (Dakota Fanning) life-altering secret: When she was just four years old, she accidentally shot and killed her mother. Lily's mom had left her and her dad, T. Ray (Paul Bettany), months earlier and had returned, according to him, simply to retrieve her belongings. Not, he stresses to now 14-year-old Lily, to retrieve her.


A summary of Chapter 8 in Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees

As an essay, “Our Secret” shows the power of a writer’s voice—the scenes are few and spare in its forty-eight pages—but it’s mesmerizing....

In the novel, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Lily loses her mother at a young age, and as a result, she looks to the Boatwright sisters for love and support.