Living on a peach farm
in South Carolina with her harsh, unyielding father, Lily Owens has shaped her
entire life around one devastating, blurred memory—the afternoon her mother was
killed, when Lily was four. Since then, her only real companion has been the
fierce-hearted, and sometimes just fierce, black woman Rosaleen, who acts as
her “stand-in mother.”
Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it’s time to
spring them both free. They take off in the only direction Lily can think of,
toward a town called Tiburon, South Carolina—a name she found on the back of a
picture amid the few possessions left by her mother.
they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters named May,
June, and August. Lily thinks of them as the calendar sisters and enters their
mesmerizing secret world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides
over this household of strong, wise women. Maternal loss and betrayal, guilt
and forgiveness entwine in a story that leads Lily to the single thing her
heart longs for most.
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