Telling the Bees

Telling the Bees

Large Print - 2013
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Octogenarian Albert Honig's most constant companions have always been his bees. Deeply acquainted with the workings of hives, Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his friend Claire, whose presence and absence in his life have never been reconciled. When Claire is killed during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long. Piecing together their shared history, Albert will come to learn both painful truths and the redemptive power of laying the past to rest.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9781410459329
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 435 pages ; 23 cm


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gracindaisy Jan 27, 2014

A story of beekeeping and friendship and the far-reaching consequences of words left unspoken, the persistence of regret and the power of truth both to wound and to heal.

Jun 17, 2013

The intertwined lives of two neighbours: one has lived in the same house all his life, five miles from the Pacific Ocean he doesn't regret never having seen. The other is a bright outsider determined to break free of a stifling family who gains a brief freedom with lifelong consequences. They are united only by an improbable friendship and a love of bees. This slow, tender novel is told in the careful, fussy voice of Albert, the homebody. It can take some getting used to, but it pays off in moments of sadness, joy, and wistful beauty. Sometimes the narrator seems a little thinly realized compared to his sparky neighbour, but he is in the end a compelling voice. I'm surprised at how quickly I finished this one.

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2013

"An 80 year-old, third-generation beekeeper who relates better to the constant companions in his hives than most people must come to terms with the loss of his long-time friend, Claire, who was killed during a burglary gone awry." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

A fascinating novel that some critics likened to Kazuo Ishiguro’s wonderful novel The remains of the day. Instead of a butler we have a quiet bachelor who keeps bees in his California garden. His discovery of a murder of neighbouring sisters and shared memories of his earlier life are quietly and gradually revealed in a sad and beautifully written novel.

hgeng63 Apr 13, 2013

Okay if you like bees, though the revelation is not that groundshaking & the protagonist is a bit wimpy & undeveloped.


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