I've just finished reading "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. What a wonderful read! It is set in the American South in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act and follows the journey of a 14 year old girl and her African-American nanny as they flee from the young girl's cruel father and from racial injustice in their small Southern town. They are not sure where they are headed, but ultimately find a place of safety, love and acceptance and learn much about life, love and the strength of the human spirit in-between.
I really don't do the book justice here, but if you haven't read it, get your hands on a copy, you won't be sorry.
Oh, and apparently the book has been made into a film, starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah (I think she will make an excellent August) due for release later this year. I can't wait!