The Bees (Hardcover) Book Discussion
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Discussion Questions
What an insightful and interesting book, despite the fact that it has sad undertones. Eighty-year-old Albert Honig from California, who is a beekeeper and has been a bachelor all his life, is still a very likable and sympathetic character. We feel for him when he recalls the day he discovered the bodies of his next door neighbors The Bee Ladies , lifeless with gags in their mouths and tied up, in their very own house. We get the sense that Albert has always been a quiet type of person who would keep most things to himself—even vital secrets that, he believes, has no business being mentioned. There is so much more to the story than meets the eye and Albert has to admit with grave sadness that he had distanced himself from the two sisters long before the home burglary was committed. The horrifying incident allows Albert to remember and analyze everything he did and said in the years that he was friends with both of them but more so with Claire, whose friendship he cherished dearly. It also makes him feel tremendous guilt that the crime took place without his knowledge and that he may have been able to prevent the tragedy from happening in the first place.
The Secret Life of Bees is a great choice for women's book clubs and has the potential to promote lively discussions. Use these book club discussion questions to guide your group through Sue Monk Kidd's touching tale. Finish the book before reading on. Share Flipboard Email. Erin Miller is a freelance book critic with a B.
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We left you with some questions below to think about to get the discussion started, but do link in with your own reviews and tell us your opinions about this novel:. The Bees has attracted praise from many established authors and publications. If you had to classify The Bees , which genre would you say it belongs to, or do you think it borrows elements from multiple genres? What heroic attributes does Flora have? What, if any, comment do you think The Bees makes about the human world? Does the society of its anthropomorphic characters always directly resemble human society or do the two diverge? Flora lives to see and remember things her other sisters miss because of their short life spans.