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The Death of Bees

By: Lisa O’Donnell
Published: ©2013
Pages: 310 (Includes Reading Group Guide)
Total Copies: 9
Genre: Fiction | Young Adult | Regional, Europe


Description: 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 Hazlehurst housing estate isn’t grand, they do have each other. As the new year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Lennie takes them in, and something like a family forms. But soon, 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 each other.

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