A dark, quirky coming-of-age story that starts off with a bang and keeps you turning the pages.
"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."
I had to check out this book after reading the first page. How could you not be intrigued?
The Death of Bees is a story about Marnie and Nelly, two sisters who live in the housing projects of Glasgow with a big secret: their parents have mysteriously "disappeared" and now they are on their own. They only have to make it one more year until Marnie is 16 and can legally take care of them both.
Lennie, the old man next door, realizes the girls are alone and takes them in. Soon the trio become their own little family, but the secrets they keep threaten to ruin everything. Can Marnie and Nelly hold the questions and suspicions at bay, or will all the lies become too complicated and tear them apart?
I really enjoyed this story! The characters were equal parts likeable, unbearable, raw, quirky, and vulnerable. I was sad to leave them when the book was done.
I work in Adult Services and co-host Literary Libations: A Rusty Bucket Book Group. I enjoy reading and listening to audiobooks (of course!), yoga and cooking with my husband.