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Unbelievable main conflicht. Loved the bees, though.
am 5. August 2016
South Carolina, 1964: Lily runs away from her unloving father and brings her black nanny along, because she got involved with the racist outcrop of her time. She has always missed her mother and ends up in a place that has the presence of her mother written all over it. A family of bee-keeping black sisters takes her and her nanny in. Lily grows up.
The story itself is well-meant, in fact it's the kind of story that I love to read. Nevertheless, I was disappointed with this book and had to struggle through it until the end. Here's why:
- This book tought me the meaning of of melodramatic. The entire conflict surrounding Lily, her mother, and her hesitation to tell her landladies the truth feels blown out of proportion. I could not for the life of me understand why Lily fretted so much about it. Hence, Lily's story felt unbelievable to me, even annyoing in parts.
- Why is Lily white? Kidd clearly roots for the black characters of her book -- why tell their story from the perspective of a white girl? The story is noble and I support it with all my heart. I also understand that it might be difficult for a white woman to write about black women. Yet, this is storytelling -- I wish Kidd would have been braver.
But, and here's why the book still gets three stars from me: I loved the bees. Very much. After finishing the book, I promised myself to find the next bee-keeper and learn more about these fascinating animals.
Overall, I would rate this book with 2.5 out of 5 stars. But because amazon won't let me do that and the language, the bees, and the idea deserve more than just 2 stars, I end up here with 3.