The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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 them both.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062209849
Branch Call Number: FICTION ODO
FIC O'Donnell
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm


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AL_KATI Feb 28, 2017

The first page sucked me in. An impressive debut novel that will stick with you.

May 26, 2016

While this book won’t appeal to everyone, it was a stellar read for me. I found it both original and imaginative. My emotions were quickly engaged and The Death of Bees became a book that I couldn’t put down and one of my favorite reads of 2016.

Apr 01, 2015

I agree completely with Suzanne_library. This book was a marvel to me. Such a dark story and yet, the characters gave you hope in the end. I look forward to the author's next publication eagerly!

Apr 01, 2015

Popular fiction. Limited vocabulary, easy to read, fast-paced, conventional storytelling, nearly degenerates into farce at times.

Dec 15, 2014

After reading the comments on this book, I wonder is there something wrong with me? After the first f=bomb dropped, I found myself dodging it throughout the story (about as effective as dodging raindrops). The plot was interesting but those f-bombs kept getting in the way. They seem to be accceptable in many circles, but not in mine! What happened to normal adjectives. such as absolutely, tremendously, etc., etc. The shock value of f-bombs is no longer valid. A well-placed obscenity can be quite effective in a novel. But literal floods of them are just simply offensive and disgusting. The current and recent generation of people who write trashy novels seem to lack a decent vocabulary. Go ahead and laugh at me for caring what I read. If any of you don't care what you read, that's your problem. If the f-bomb is her trademark, I'll never read one of this so-called "writer's" novels again. Funny, isn't it. Most of the great writers of the past didn't need a single obscenity to write truly great stories.

Mary E Smith
Jun 02, 2014

Death of Bees is a page turner. I read it in one sitting. The book is not very long in pages and has a wonderful moral: Don't judge other people. Characters like a two sisters from a dysfunctional family, a homosexual man and a Russian immigrant are sources of great surprise. These are characters that we can easily meet in our daily lives. Enjoy the read.

ChristchurchLib Mar 16, 2014

"After finding their parents dead, 15-year-old Marnie and 12-year-old Nelly buried their bodies in their backyard, determined to keep their deaths secret for fear of being placed in foster care. Though their parents were neglectful, abusive drug addicts, the story that they're on vacation will only hold off suspicion for so long. One neighbour, labelled a pervert by those who fear gay men, offers them stability and shelter, but despite their resiliency and his help, the two girls face multiple challenges, including an unkind grandfather who's appeared out of nowhere, a dog's discovery of the bones, and the more mundane trials of peer pressure, nightmares, and, at least in Marnie's case, her awakening sexuality. Set in Glasgow, Scotland, this debut may appeal to fans of Stephen May's Life! Death! Prizes!, which offers a different take on an orphaned teen who becomes his sibling's guardian." Fiction A to Z March 2014 newsletter

Jan 30, 2014

Loved it! I wanted to smack 'granDad' sooo much. Also contains the only 'sex-offender' character I could find sympathetic. I read this in a very short time- couldn't put this down. Wish O'Donnell had more for me. Doesn't make Scotland look very appealing. Yikes!!

Jul 31, 2013

Very well written - this book won the Commonwealth Writers prize for 2013.

sillycraygirl Jun 13, 2013

the death of bees was just so interresting that i couldnt put it down i just had to keep reading i read this book when ever i had got the change but i ended up felling bad ffor the girls the bascillay raised themselfs im suprise they diidnt end u p more worse

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