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The Death of Bees: A Novel by [O'Donnell, Lisa]
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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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*Starred Review* Marnie and Nelly have just buried their parents in the garden behind the Glasgow housing development where they live. Their father, Gene, was a drug addict attracted to young girls. Their mother, Izzy, was a boozer who paid little attention to the care and safety of her daughters. Gene died of dubious causes, and Izzy killed herself in grief. The girls are better off without their parents, and they know it. The challenge is to stay out of the way of the authorities for a year until Marnie turns 16 and will be legally able to take guardianship of her sister. Their nosy neighbor, Lennie, a homosexual whose partner has recently died, leaving him bereft and at loose ends, provides their only stability. But Lennie is curious about the whereabouts of their parents. As awful as he knows them to be, they can’t really have abandoned their daughters for an extended vacation in Turkey, can they? That’s what the girls tell him and anyone else who asks, until their secrets start to unravel. O’Donnell’s finely drawn characters display the full palette of human flaws and potential. Told in the alternating voices of Marnie, Nelly, and Lennie, this beautifully written page-turner will have readers fretting about what will become of the girls. --Vanessa Bush

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"This vibrantly imagined novel, by turns hilarious and appalling, is hard to resist." Daily Mail "A black comedy, mixing The Ladykillers with Irvine Welsh's The Acid House...O'Donnell adeptly balances caustic humour and compassion." Guardian "Compelling piece of work... O'Donnell brings a freshness to her narrative, thanks to the brilliantly evoked voices of her two young female protagonists... Warm without being cosy, explicit without being shocking, and emotive without being schmaltzy, this is a powerful coming-of-age tale with a clear eye for the travails of 21st-century deprived living." The Scotsman "The Death Of Bees is compelling stuff, engaging the emotions from the first page and quickly becoming almost impossible to put down." Herald "A dark, fierce first novel that is a page-turner and a fairy tale turned inside out. I can't wait to read what she writes next." -- Alice Hoffman New York Times

Product details

  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOIWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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