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The Death of Bees (original 2013; edition 2012)

by Lisa O'Donnell

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Title:The Death of Bees
Authors:Lisa O'Donnell
Info:William Heinemann (2012), Paperback, 304 pages
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I had read a review that described this book as "darkly funny". The "dark" I wont argue, but the "funny" was pretty much non-existent. I ended up skimming the second half, a rare thing for me, and was still disappointed. Overall, a depressing read, so I'm sure it will be highly acclaimed as a book club book. Bleh. ( )
  bkjake | May 17, 2015 |
Good book, but still processing it. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
Good book, but still processing it. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
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Lisa O'Donnellprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jacobs, StefanieÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my children Max and Christie
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Izzy called me Marnie after her mother. She's dead now, actually they're both dead.
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Hazlehurst housing estate, Glasgow, Christmas Eve 2010. Fifteen-year-old Marnie and her little sister Nelly have just finished burying their parents in the back garden. Only Marnie and Nelly know how they got there. Lennie, the old guy next door, has taken a sudden interest in his two young neighbours and is keeping a close eye on them. He soon realises that the girls are all alone, and need his help -- or does he need theirs?

As the year ends and another begins, the sisters' friends, their neighbours, and the authorities -- not to mention the local drug dealer, who's been sniffing around for their father -- gradually start to ask questions. And as one lie leads to another, darker secrets about Marnie's family come to light, making things even more complicated.

Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, The Death of Bees is an enchanting and grimly comic tale of three lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.

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Trying to keep the death of their parents a secret, Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own until several residents in Glasgow's Hazelhurst housing estate suspect that something is not right.

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