The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062209849
Characteristics: 311 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 01, 2019

Commonwealth Book Prize. This black comedy is set in Glasgow and is an enjoyable read.

ArapahoeLauraRose Jun 23, 2018

I couldn't put this book down! it was gritty, down-to-Earth, and full of surprising moments of humor and beauty. I loved each narrative character for their entirely different voices and perspectives.

This is a book for people who appreciate an honest, up-close look at the lives of two teenagers raised in poverty and neglect, who are determined to take care of themselves and make their own futures.

This book is NOT for those who don't wish to read: graphic language, descriptions of underage sex, drug use, and parental abuse/adult abuse of children/teens.

ArapahoeKati Feb 28, 2017

The first page sucked me in. An impressive debut novel that will stick with you.

May 26, 2016

While this book won’t appeal to everyone, it was a stellar read for me. I found it both original and imaginative. My emotions were quickly engaged and The Death of Bees became a book that I couldn’t put down and one of my favorite reads of 2016.

Apr 01, 2015

I agree completely with Suzanne_library. This book was a marvel to me. Such a dark story and yet, the characters gave you hope in the end. I look forward to the author's next publication eagerly!

Apr 01, 2015

Popular fiction. Limited vocabulary, easy to read, fast-paced, conventional storytelling, nearly degenerates into farce at times.

Dec 15, 2014

After reading the comments on this book, I wonder is there something wrong with me? After the first f=bomb dropped, I found myself dodging it throughout the story (about as effective as dodging raindrops). The plot was interesting but those f-bombs kept getting in the way. They seem to be accceptable in many circles, but not in mine! What happened to normal adjectives. such as absolutely, tremendously, etc., etc. The shock value of f-bombs is no longer valid. A well-placed obscenity can be quite effective in a novel. But literal floods of them are just simply offensive and disgusting. The current and recent generation of people who write trashy novels seem to lack a decent vocabulary. Go ahead and laugh at me for caring what I read. If any of you don't care what you read, that's your problem. If the f-bomb is her trademark, I'll never read one of this so-called "writer's" novels again. Funny, isn't it. Most of the great writers of the past didn't need a single obscenity to write truly great stories.

Mary E Smith
Jun 02, 2014

Death of Bees is a page turner. I read it in one sitting. The book is not very long in pages and has a wonderful moral: Don't judge other people. Characters like a two sisters from a dysfunctional family, a homosexual man and a Russian immigrant are sources of great surprise. These are characters that we can easily meet in our daily lives. Enjoy the read.

ChristchurchLib Mar 16, 2014

"After finding their parents dead, 15-year-old Marnie and 12-year-old Nelly buried their bodies in their backyard, determined to keep their deaths secret for fear of being placed in foster care. Though their parents were neglectful, abusive drug addicts, the story that they're on vacation will only hold off suspicion for so long. One neighbour, labelled a pervert by those who fear gay men, offers them stability and shelter, but despite their resiliency and his help, the two girls face multiple challenges, including an unkind grandfather who's appeared out of nowhere, a dog's discovery of the bones, and the more mundane trials of peer pressure, nightmares, and, at least in Marnie's case, her awakening sexuality. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, this debut may appeal to fans of Stephen May's Life! Death! Prizes!, which offers a different take on an orphaned teen who becomes his sibling's guardian." Fiction A to Z March 2014 newsletter

Jan 30, 2014

Loved it! I wanted to smack 'granDad' sooo much. Also contains the only 'sex-offender' character I could find sympathetic. I read this in a very short time- couldn't put this down. Wish O'Donnell had more for me. Doesn't make Scotland look very appealing. Yikes!!

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