May 15, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Our Book selection for May is "The Death Of Bees" by Lisa O'Donnell. I've already read this book and loved it. Can't wait to discuss the ending with everyone. For those of you who have asked, I posted on the message board our books through September.
A summary of the Death of Bees follows:
"Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved." That's the knockout opening in screenwriter Lisa O'Donnell's mesmerizing debut novel about family bonds, loyalty and what we really owe the ones we love.
Set in a hardscrabble housing complex in Glasgow, Scotland, "The Death of Bees" tracks the relationship of 15-year-old Marnie and her 12-year-old sister Nelly, left on their own, but not exactly mourning their drug-addicted and abusive folks' demise. How their parents died is something only the girls know, and their lips are zipped. Instead, the plan is to act normally for another year, sidestepping the dangerous minefields of authorities, children's services and nosy neighbors, until Marnie will be legally an adult and able to take care of both of them. So how can a book with a premise this disturbing also be so deliciously comic?