touching yet a bit cliched
by bookboy on July 25, 2007The Secret Life of Bees (like Memoirs of a Geisha) is one of those rare books that lure you in from page one, clutching you in its grasp and not letting go until the last sentence is read. I found I could not put this book down for a second. I read it at work, at home, walking down the street, on the bus. It really is that good. The only fault I could find is some parts are a bit cliched and unbelievable. How many times has the story of a white girl growing up in the South with her big black mammy been told? How believable were some of the confrontations between blacks and whites? The cliched aspect of this novel isn't a bad thing though. Sue Monk Kidd is such an amazing storyteller. Her prose flows effortlessly from paragraph to paragraph. Her descriptions are vibrant and full of life. Her characters are fully dimensional and truly believable. The cliched and unbelievable parts are handled so deftly that it transcends many other novels in the same genre. The Secret Life of Bees is fast becoming one of my top ten favorite novels. Touching, thoughtful,warm, loving and down right beautiful. I can only dream that more writers would write compelling, compulsive reading like Kidd has done. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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