• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper (January 2, 2013)
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.
Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for The Wedding Gift and, in the same year, was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. A native of Scotland, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Los Angeles with her two children. The Death of Bees is her first novel.
Lisa’s Tour Stops
Wednesday, January 2nd: Sweet Tidbits
Friday, January 4th: Literary Feline
Monday, January 7th: Mrs. Q: Book Addict
Tuesday, January 8th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, January 9th: Broken Teepee
Monday, January 14th: A Patchwork of Books
Wednesday, January 16th: Walking With Nora
Thursday, January 17th: Kritters Ramblings
Monday, January 21st: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, January 22nd: JulzReads
Wednesday, January 23rd: a novel toybox
Thursday, January 24th: A Reader of Fictions
Thursday, January 24th: Reflections of a Bookaholic
Monday, January 28th: A Bookworm’s World
Wednesday, January 30th: Silver’s Reviews
Friday, February 1st: Sweet Southern Home
Monday, February 4th: My Bookshelf