- Publisher: Putnam Adult
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 30mm | 386g
- Publication date: 7 March 2013
- ISBN 10: 0399159053
- ISBN 13: 9780399159053
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 1,169,271
With 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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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.
""Telling the Bees" is a charming tale of a bygone era evoking the power of the past to influence the future. Hesketh's ability to create an evocative narrative will leave readers eager to read more by this talented writer."--Jo-Ann Mapson, author of "Solomon's Oak" and "Finding Casey"