Peggy Hesketh

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Telling The Bees

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Fiction
World English Putnam (Ed. Marysue Rucci)
UK & Comm Oneword
2013
Telling the Bees is narrated by Albert Honig, a never-married octogenarian beekeeper who lives in Orange County California. His family have kept bees since the early days of LA’s Orange County, when it actually had orange groves. With the passing years, he has watched as the groves and farms surrendered to the implacable onslaught of housing developments and freeways. Still residing in the house in which he was born, Albert makes a modest living through his hives, just as his father and his father's father had done before him. Albert's bees are his solace and his sustenance, his only true companions through the years. To the outside world Albert might seem a hollow man, but the truth is he is haunted by a woman: Clara. A friend and neighbour since childhood, Clara's presence - and absence - in Albert's life have never been reconciled.

With echoes of The Remains of the Day, Telling the Bees is a novel about lies of omission and commission; and about the power of truth to both maim and heal. At the heart of the story lies murder; but the heart of the mystery is not so much who did it, as why.
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One of Fall's Debuts to Watch

Library Journal


Peggy Hesketh is a novelist of patient grace and power. Gordon McAlpine, author of Joy in Mudville, and Hammett Unwritten
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Some have compared Telling the Bees, Peggy Hesketh’s first, stately and beautiful novel to The Remains of the Day, but to my mind it compares to the best of Elmore Leonard. There are murders here but much more than that: a series of glimpses into an entirely different and closed place. Carolyn See
The Washington Post
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Reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, Hesketh’s debut explores family secrets and end-of-life reflections. Katie Wernz
Library Journal
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For Classic Suspense
A gem.
Good Housekeeping
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What a wonderful novel! The voice is so masterfully done, the mysteries of life and death so compellingly evoked. But best of all is the way Telling the Bees reminds us that even the quietest life will still hold its full measure of drama and passion. Karen Joy Fowler


Rich in detail, Hesketh has crafted a thoughtful, compelling story of loss and regret and the unforeseeable consequences that come when the truth is finally revealed. A wonderful read. Gail Tsukiyama
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Telling the Bees is a marvel. With infinite compassion and perfect pitch, Peggy Hesketh has written an American classic: the inadvertent examination of a life unlived, told by the 80-year-old beekeeper who didn't live it. It's a wonderful read for anyone who loves a great and unforgettable story told well. Elizabeth George

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