This month's meeting was held at Karen's home in North Phoenix. The attendance was sufficient, the atmosphere cosy and warm, perfectly suited to this wonderful story told in Secret Life of Bees......This is the heartwarming story of a young girl named Lily. Strange circumstances lead to her running from her home along with Rosaline, her housekeeper/governess. They find themselves in the home of a family who keeps bees, and who had actually known Lily's mother many years earlier. Lily is drawn there by the label and the town she finds in her mother's keepsake box, and when the law and TRay chase Lily and Rosaline away, she heads for Tuberon, and the pink house in search of answers. There they find love, growth, and enlightenment. The discussion was all favorable and the book was loved by just about everybody. There was a great deal of talk about May, symbolism surrounding her condition and death, the era in which the book is set (early 1960's in the South). Great character development ensues, and it wraps up neatly in the end. Beautiful story....now most of us need to get to the movies before it leaves the theater!!!
A special thank you to Christopher. He brought us autographed copies of "Interrupted Lives", a history written by four authors, about living in interment camps in the Phillippines during World War II (see below for more details).