The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

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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… (more)

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I thought The Death Of Bees was going to be a dark book, focusing mainly on the death and burial of Izzy and Gene, but it was a much more touching tale of three lost people clinging to one another to create their own unique family unit.

Wild, witty and as funny as it is unsettling, "The Death of Bees" is really about both the strength of sisters, the sparkle of imagination and how even the most motley of half lives can somehow coalesce into a shining whole.

The Death of Bees will and should shock you, but it should also make you question who exactly should be reviled and how we can live in a world where children would rather bury their own parents in the dark of night than face the alternative.

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Book Details  


Publisher: HarperCollins (January 02, 2013)

Collection: Harper

Format: EPUB

Page count: 320 pages

File size: 734 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

Awards: Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 winner


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