The novel offers the author’s profound knowledge of how important it is to find one’s “self” on the path to fulfillment, as is shown in the case of Lily. Monk also focuses on the representation of strength and the powerful “sisterhood” of women, helping each other through numerous hardships. The story is also filled with references to the life of bees and beekeeping, which are interlinked with the lives of human beings. Last but not least, the novel offers references to historical events of the 1960s
The Secret Life of Bees is a very compelling and dazzling book, yet full of gentle wit. It is a must to read – a breathtaking achievement indeed.