"There is nothing perfect.'' " There is only life''
Lily is only fourteen years, and she has experienced more than most have at her age. She lives in Sylvan, South Carolina, with her father. Lily loves bees and misses her dead mother Deborah.
Rosaleen is the Owen's black house keeper, or she is also seen as Lily's stepmom. She deeply cares for Lily, and sometimes protects her from her father T. Ray. Her rebellious behavior is always getting her into problems.
"Your sorry ain't worth a shitload of peaches,Lily"
August Boatwright is the owner of the Black Madonna Honey company. She is a black women who inherited her grandmother's beekeeping yard. She is seen as a motherly figure for lily in the novel.
May is August's and June's sister, she also grew up with a twin sister named April. When April fifteen, she killed herself. Since then May is a special because she finds sadness in the pain of others. Her intense sadness was controlled by a wailing wall she built near a flowing river. You Know when May is upset because she starts humming Ho Susannah.
T.Ray is Lily's abusive and unloving father. Lily doesn't like calling him daddy so she calls him T.Ray. He changed after hes wife Deborah died, and he takes out his anger on Lily.
June is August's and May's sister. She worked as a teacher, worked in a morgue, and played the cello to comfort people as they pass away, June show resentment towards Lily, but later she starts to love Lily. June has a boyfriend named Neil who she married, after May's death.