2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Finalis
The Secret Life of Bees was a finalist for the 2003 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for fiction. Other finalists were: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and Crimson Petal and White by Michel Faber. The winner, The Lovely Bones, was announced in Los Angeles May 2003. Book Sense represents independent booksellers in America.