This novel is the first work of fiction I’m
recommending here at Parents Forum. Obviously it’s not a “how to” or “how not
to” book, but it deserves mention
because it reveals profound insights into the adolescent psyche and the dynamics of the parent child relationship.
It also happens to be beautiful work of literature and totally engrossing—so how can you lose?
in the deep south of 1964, Secret Life of Bees is told from the point of view of 14-year-old Lily,
who has lost her mother and whose dad is completely unable to provide her with even a modicum of understanding
and tenderness. Because her need to be mothered is so intense (mirroring the need of every child), Lily
risks great danger by abandoning her loveless home and journeying to find a mother. What she discovers
about truth and self-deception, strength and vulnerability, courage and forgiveness are lessons that all
parents, can benefit from.
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