The Secret Life of Bees

“She said a scholarship was my only hope for a future and lent me her private books for the summer. Whenever I opened one, T. Ray said, ‘Who do you think you are, Julius Shakespeare?’ The man sincerely thought that was Shakespeare’s first name, and if you think I should have corrected him, you are ignorant about the art of survival.”

The Secret Life of Bees, p. 16
By Sue Monk Kidd
Published 2002