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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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Compares favorably to the Adrian Mole diaries although less comic-but still pretty funny--and much, much darker. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
Compares favorably to the Adrian Mole diaries although less comic-but still pretty funny--and much, much darker. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
Compares favorably to the Adrian Mole diaries although less comic-but still pretty funny--and much, much darker. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
Great read! Two sisters in Glasgow bury their parents in their backyard, and so the story begins! It is told from three points of view - the two sisters, Nelly and Marnie, and their next door neighbor, and registered sex offender, Lennie. When a drug dealing ice cream vendor, a jilted teen aged lover, and a forlorn grandfather come looking for the parents, the plot thickens! A story filled with emotion, lively characters, and vivid language! Good stuff! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
There are many reasons that readers choose to purchase a book. One reason is the opening lines, such as in this novel. It opens:

"Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard.
Neither of them was beloved."

The novel is told from three alternating voices: Marnie, the one who spoke the opening lines; Nelly, her younger sister, an usual 12 year old who Marnie describes as "off her head" and talks in a formal manner, and Lennie, the elderly neighbor who looks after the girls in their parents' purported absence. We don't know much at first regarding why the two died; we only know that the father died in his bed and the mother hung herself in the storage shed apparently from grief. Marnie realizes that the two sisters will be taken into foster care and possibly separated. Therefore, the two decide to tell Lennie that the parents left Glasgow, Scotland for the Far East, as they are apt to do, but will return. Marnie is hoping to carry on with this charade for one year until she turns sixteen and can legally take care of the two of them. However, life has a way in interfering with her plans.

This debut novel is beautifully written, often darkly comic, portraying well the importance of family and sibling relationships.

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  John_Warner | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Jacobs, StefanieÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Risvik, KariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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