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    DescriptionWith echoes of The Remains of the Day, an elderly beekeeper looks back on his quiet life, and the secrets of a woman he never truly knew. Albert Honig's most constant companions have always been his bees. A never-married octogenarian, he makes a modest living as a beekeeper, as his father and his father's father did before him. Deeply acquainted with the workings of the 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 in a seemingly senseless accident during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss, and by the secrets and silence that hovered between them for so long. As he pieces together the memories of their shared history, he will come to learn the painful truths about Claire's life, and the redemptive power of laying the past to rest.


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    Title
    Telling the Bees
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peggy Hesketh
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780399159053
    ISBN 10: 0399159053
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3608.E796 T45 2013
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Putnam Adult
    Imprint name
    Putnam Adult
    Publication date
    07 March 2013
    Author Information
    Peggy Hesketh's writing has appeared in "Calliope" and the "Antietam Review," and her short story "A Madness of Two" was selected by Elizabeth George for inclusion in her anthology "Two of the Deadliest." A longtime journalist, Hesketh teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine. This is her first novel.
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    Praise for "Telling the Bees" "[A] stately and beautiful novel ." . . "Only a superhuman reader will be able to resist foraging through the house looking for that half-eaten jar of honey.""--"Carolyn See, ""Washington"" Post"" "Elegantly crafted . . . While readers are likely to find themselves longing for a plate of buttered toast and honey, there's nothing 'cozy' about Telling the Bees--it's downright gorgeous."--"The Christian Science Monitor" """Elegiac in its tone, "Telling the Bees" is a quiet, meditative novel, dressed up as a murder mystery, but more geared towards examining the intricacies of the human condition and the power of secrets when voiced than in identifying who killed Claire. As Albert slowly sifts through his fragile memories of the past, patient readers will be rewarded with a rich story that softly stings and is utterly unforgettable."--"BookPage" """Reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead," Hesketh's debut explores family secrets and end-of-life reflections. The author's exceptional storytelling skills allow us not only to understand Albert's feelings, but to experience those emotions right along with him. Readers in search of a heartfelt, thought-provoking novel will find what they are looking for in this journey through the life of an unassuming apiarist who knows more about his reclusive neighbors than anyone could guess."--"Library Journal "(starred review) "Elegiac in its tone, "Telling the Bees" is a quiet, meditative novel, dressed up as a murder mystery, but more geared towards examining the intricacies of the human condition and the power of secrets when voiced than in identifying who killed Claire. As Albert slowly sifts through his fragile memories of the past, patient readers will be rewarded with a rich story that softly stings and is utterly unforgettable."--"BookPage" "In her invention of the singular Mr. Honig (and his life, from an early age) Hesketh has created a stubbo