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The Death of Bees (Paperback)
Based on the excellence of this debut and of her second novel, Closed Doors, Lisa O’Donnell of Scotland is one author whose every book I would read. In The Death of Bees, through alternating voices of two sisters whose actions have been driven by frightful family circumstances, O’Donnell has an uncanny gift for making her young protagonists’ thoughts and feelings our own. The novel’s grim edge is redeemed by riveting storytelling and by comedic flourishes that seem to fall in just the right spots. I loved this book.— From John
January 2013 Indie Next List
“Beginning with two children who bury their parents in their garden, The Death of Bees had me hooked from page one. Streetwise teen Marnie and her younger, socially awkward, violin prodigy sister find their parents dead and attempt to cover up their deaths to avoid foster care, with both help and hindrance from some surprising sources. Told from the point of view of multiple characters, this lively, suspenseful, and darkly hilarious tale transfixed me from gruesome start to wonderfully satisfying finish. Brilliant, delightful, and thought provoking!”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.
Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.
Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, and told in alternating voices, The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell is an enchanting, grimly comic tale of lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.