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The Death of Bees kindle æ eBook 9780062209863 Free ñ Lisa O'Donnell ☆ ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Death of Bees By Lisa O'Donnell ⚣ – A riveting brilliantly written debut novel The Death of Bees is a coming of age story in which two young sisters attH PDFEPUBand beautiful precision and told in alternating voices The Death of Bees is an enchanting grimly comic tale of lost souls who unable to answer for themselves can answer only for each oth Best opening paragraph ever Today is Christmas Eve Today is my birthday Today I am fifteen Today I buried my parents in the backyard Neither of them were belovedTwo sisters Nelly and Marnie find themselves orphaned They bury their parents in their backyard for fear of being collected by the government and put into the foster care system Marnie is almost 16 which apparently is the legal age in Glasgow Their interactions and relationship is so riveting it takes the reader into the harsh reality of two very different sisters that have to overcome the impossible in order to survive together They end up living with the neighbor Lennie who is an elderly man with a uestionable past I fell in love with Lennie and Buddy his dogSuch a well drawn out story I found myself not being able to put this one down and really rooting for Nelly and Marnie to make it out okCaution this contains tough subjects bad language and uncomfortable situations

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And Nelly left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sisterWritten with fierce sympathy The Deat Colin Pie here standing in for the financial liability and tantric lovemaster MJ Nicholls I received a postcard from him this morning He says he tried to send me a text message but he was stuck up a hill I also received a telegram from him this morning explaining he tried to send a postcard but he was nowhere near a post office An email came through this afternoon explaining he would have sent an email but he wasn’t inside And while I wrote that last sentence he was on the phone explaining he would have phoned but he was too busy writing a postcard a telegram and an email He’s a scamp1 THIS BOOK A debut novel from a Scottish screenwriter currently trying to make it in LA Two sisters from a Glasgow housing scheme come home to find their father’s head bashed in and their mother hanging from the ceiling Afraid of becoming state funded orphans they bury their parents in the back garden skilfully managing to avoid their nosy neighbour Lennie then carry on as normal minus their unfortunate betters inferiors It’s a magical mix of black comedy coming of age drama and uirky mainstream fiction 2 THAT BOOK Manages to balance the dark slapstick and outrageously laidback attitude towards underage sex and drug popping with moments of tenderness intelligence and humility Marnie is the wild older sister who indulges in hedonistic binges of voddy and teenage penis while Nelly is her younger who speaks in a clipped English accent and likes Coke on her cornflakes The novel establishes its own internal reality and logic so easily bats away criticisms of preposterousness At its heart it is a gentle book about family sisterly survival and escaping the oppressive heat of an unfeeling city environment3 WHY IS COLIN PIE I was once accused of stealing a balloon I never stole the balloon I simply released it into nature That didn’t stop the police from stomping into my house hauling me off to prison Fools4 BOOK The structure and narrative toggling is somewhat simplistic spread over a four month cycle alternating between three characters This makes it extremely easy to follow but doesn’t leave room for any ambiguity mystery or gameplay All the characters speak in direct first person prose occasionally addressing a deceased relative but what is said is said without any space for the daring complexity of a devious third person narrator Oh they can be yummy Also sometimes Marnie’s intelligence feels exaggerated so she can speak profound literary sentences but you’d have to be an absolute swine to deny O’Donnell this contrivance I didn’t steal that damn balloon

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The Death of BeesA riveting brilliantly written debut novel The Death of Bees is a coming of age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parentsMarnie What on earth is happening to the bees They say it is an ecological disaster an environmental holocaust Every day I wonder what the blazes can be causing this abuse of our ecosystem Chemicals I hear pesticides I don’t understand it really I don’t Our planet faces extinction and yet nobody seems to care Am I afraid You bet your bottom dollar I am The environment in which sisters Marnie and Nelly find themselves does indeed look poisoned beyond hope How can anything survive This is working class Glasgow and the girls are alone The book opens with one of the better first paragraphs I have read Today is Christmas Eve Today is my birthday Today I am fifteen Today I buried my parents in the backyard Neither of them were belovedMarnie’s little sister Helen aka Nelly has gone and done it Put the pillow over her father Gene’s drugged out face and completed for him the self destruction he had made his life work He would abuse her and Marnie no Mom Izzy made another in a lifetime of awful decisions and headed off to the shack to add her name to the list of those who have gone before Consider it addition by subtraction No need to worry about all potential food money going up noses into veins or being poured from amber bottles No concern about other sorts of abuse too But if the authorities find out the girls will be separated for sure tossed back into foster care with who knows what sorts The solution A uiet back yard burial Who is to take care of these two I suppose I’ve always taken care of us really I was changing nappies at five years old and shopping at seven cleaning and doing laundry as soon as I knew my way to the launderette and pushing Nelly about in her wee buggy when I was six They used to call me wee Maw around the towers that’s how useless Gene and Izzy were They just never showed up for anything and it was always left to me and left to Nelly when she got old enough They were never there for us they were absent at least now we know where they are Author Lisa O’Donnell grew up in public housing to very young parents In an interview with Powell’s link at bottom she talks about the Thatcher era environment in which she was raised The primary inspiration for this story came from her days in Scotland but they were reinforced when she saw similar horrors after she crossed the pond and was living in East LA children put in charge of children wastrel parents childhood denied Across the fence lives an old man Lennie still mourning the loss of his soul mate of forty years That boy from whom he sought temporary comfort in the park was not as old as he claimed and now Lennie must endure vandals spray painting his property and enduring the shame of being on a sex offender list Actual parents do not come across very well in O’Donnell’s world Teacher sorts are a mixed lot and the state agents base their actions on formulae instead of reality O’Donnell paints a very bleak portrait of working class life in Glasgow The girls have been damaged by their upbringing Marnie helps a local drug dealer and relieves her stress with shagging Nelly insulates herself from the world by speaking in a ueenly manner She plays the violin beautifully but completely freaks out when encountering reminders of her precarious state Will the girls be able to keep their ruse going long enough for Marnie to reach 16 when the state will consider her an adult and allow her to legally take care of Nelly When the girls’ long absent grandfather pops into the picture looking to atone for a lifetime of being a bloody horror things get even complicated He may mean well right now but born again or not this is the guy who had a hand in creating one of those awful parents His sobriety is not to be presumed and there is a history of abandonment and violence to bootMarnie’s friends add to the pile of woe coping with their own missing family members and travails of one sort and anotherThere is enough sadness here to fill a cemetery but there is sweetness to come As dark as things appear a glimmer of light shines through Lennie is not only no sexual predator he is just a lonely man with a need to care and care he does slowly taking the girls in offering them the sort of loving home life they had never experienced from their biological parentsThere is plenty of tension in this book Will Lennie’s dog Bobby succeed in his relentless mission trying to dig up the buried remains This bit does seem rather clichéd Can Grandpa be trusted Will the drug dealer kill them trying to retrieve money owed him by a dead parent I know I know it sounds pretty dark And a lot of it certainly is but there is such warmth in this book such humanity such caring that you will be cheering by the end Can Lennie’s light shine these girls past the darkness And there is redemption from another uarter as Marnie provides the vehicle for a baddie to tuck away his stingerThese are teenagers and that means coming of age The sisters in O’Donnell’s tale begin at somewhat extreme ends and move towards each other over the course of the story Marnie world weary at fifteen with the help of people who actually care about her despite some self destructive behavior begins to find her inner softness her inner vulnerability her inner child The decidedly odd Nelly matures moving from being a very dependent child to someone with much appreciation for the world and her place in it There are multiple alternating narrators here Lennie talks to his dead love Joseph Marnie and Nelly narrate their sections as well and speak in distinct and appropriate voices O’Donnell is a screenwriter so has a keen ear for dialogue There are some rough edges here Nellly is described early on as a Harry Potter fanatic but nothing much is made of it after that mention The girls manage some significant work in places where it is surprising that their labors go undetected O’Donnell relies too much on coincidence in constructing her climax Would this or that person really have shown up where and when they do Nevertheless the beauty here is in how two damaged abandoned girls can be welcomed nurtured and allowed a real home and how a lonely soul can provide it constructing the family they all desperately need There is plenty of redemption to go around in this dark place I was reminded a bit of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road another tale that casts love and hope against an intensely bleak background the better to draw our attention to the light The Death of Bees may not be a perfect book but does celebrate the triumph of hope over despair and it is certain to generate a lot of buzzThe Trade Paperback version came out on October 22 2013LINKSThere are a few interviews I came across that add to one's appreciation of this bookUSA today from December 2012 NPR from January 5 2013Powell's