The Hive

The Hive

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There's only room for one Queen Bee: A hilarious and touching novel about the social world of school mothers.
It's the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power...and how to get invited to lunch.
Beatrice -- undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come.
Heather -- desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong.
Georgie -- desperate for a cigarette.
And Rachel -- watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover taht the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.
THE HIVE is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one's part.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 142 x 236 x 33mm | 599g
  • English
  • New.
  • 0316234796
  • 9780316234795
  • 2,579,215

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""The Hive" maintains a healthy dose of humor within the mothers' characters. The novelist's British impersonations of the characters are hilarious ..."The Hive "is a refreshing read because the Brits have perfectly constructed sentences, so enviably precise..."The Hive" is a fun and witty read, one that everyone can relate to. As life evolves, we naturally evaluate our relationships and our contributions to them. Hornby gives us yet another fictional experience of how our relationships affect us, and how we can survive them." -"The Aspen Times"
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About Gill Hornby

Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children, in Kintbury, Berkshire (UK). "The Hive" is her first novel.
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2,060 ratings
2.82 out of 5 stars
5 5% (109)
4 20% (416)
3 37% (766)
2 26% (535)
1 11% (234)
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