The Death of Bees
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Today is Christmas Eve.
Today is my birthday.
Today I am fifteen.
Today I buried my parents in the backyard.
Neither of them were beloved.
Marnie and her little sister, Nelly, are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents, Izzy and Gene, and they aren't telling. While life in Glasgow's Maryhill housing estate isn't grand, the girls do have each other. Besides, it's only a year until Marnie will be considered an adult and can legally take care of them both.
As the New Year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Or does he need theirs? Lennie takes them in—feeds them, clothes them, protects them—and something like a family forms. But soon enough, the sisters' friends, their teachers, and the authorities start asking tougher questions. As one lie leads to another, dark secrets about the girls' family surface, creating complications that threaten to tear them apart.
Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, told in alternating voices, The Death of Bees is an enchanting, grimly comic tale of three lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for one another.
Publishers Weekly Review
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The Death of Bees
It is a refreshing experience to read a book for pure enjoyment. Not only was the writing poetic the story was exceptional. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Page turning excitement and intrigue through the tragic life of two sisters' survival to overcome. Extremely well-written. Difficult to imagine, but you feel the characters' torment and personalities as they are brought to life through purposeful and intentional dialogue. Looking forward to Lisa O'Donnell's next novel!
I could not put this down. The story, the writing, the characters- interesting, real and compelling. Humorous while serious. A great story.