What’s It About- Woops. Baby Lily kills mommy accidentally when she’s just 4 years old. Ten years later, Lily runs away from home and takes up house with
Queen Latifah August Boatwright, a black beekeeper, and her two sisters. Racist events and bee metaphors ensue.
Why- Jada Pinkett Smith told me to.
Thoughts- While it’s perhaps not the most thought-out plot, there’s a lot to be learned from this novel. First, bees are pretty cool. Second, women are awesome and totes better than men. Get ’em drones outta here. Third, Google Black Madonna. Good times.
Movie ain’t bad either… ‘cept when dey talking all southern and quiet and my New York City ears are like, CAN YOU SPEAK A LITTLE LOUDER PLEASE??!
I need that purple honey like NOW.
March 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm
I saw the movie ages ago but everytime I try to pick up the book…I remember how much I hated The Mermaid Chair (by the same author) and I get scared away. Probably a silly reason not to read a book…
March 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Yea, I mean, it’s not GREAT. The bit that stands out to me in particular is the way it characterizes black women in society, and women in general, as powerful forces. I haven’t read The Mermaid Chair, but I’d take your word on its awfulness lol
March 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm
I loved the idea of sending the bees love so they wouldn’t sting you.