"People who think dying is the worst thing don't know a thing about life."
" You act like you're my keeper.Like i'm some dumb nigger you gonna save."
" Most people don't have any idea about all the complicated life going on inside a hive. Bees have a secret life we don't know anything about."
Lily is a 14 year old girl who is coming of age. Her mother died when Lily was only 4 years old. She never had a woman role model, but now she does August.
"It was you Lily. You didn't mean it, but it was you."
Rosaleen is Lily's nanny. It just became a law that black people are able to register to vote, and Rosaleen was going to. However; she didn't quite get close. Instead, she got herself into a mess.
" Don't mess it up."
August is a role model to Lily. August is the sister who can handle more than enough. She is so patient and an over all humble person.
"But she's white, August."
T.Ray is Lily's dad, but he isn't. T.Ray is abusive towards Lily. He makes her kneel on grits for an hour sometimes even longer.
May is the emotional sister. She does not know how to control her emotions ever since she was born. She has a wailing wall where she writes names in for the people she is praying for to get it off her mind.
June is another one of August's sisters. She is racist towards white people. That really surprised Lily how she June said, "but she's white."