A Recipe for Bees

A Recipe for Bees

Book - 2001
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Awaiting news about her much-loved son-in-law as he undergoes surgery, Augusta reminiscences about her life, from her mother's early death and her difficult marriage to a life-changing love affair and the benefits of old age
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2001, ©1998
Edition: First Anchor Books edition
ISBN: 9780385720489
0385720483
Branch Call Number: FIC Anderson-Dargatz, G 2001
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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csrestall
Jan 26, 2017

I found this book quite slow. It is about the life of a woman named Augusta, who is having flashbacks while waiting to learn the fate of her son-in-law; who is having brain surgery. She recounts her life, most of which could be considered miserable. I found the character of Augusta quite annoying/grating. And the book never really picked up the pace. It did enjoy the setting however; of lower mainland BC. I also enjoyed the parts which detailed the bees.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

This book started off slowly, but by the third chapter was a much more interesting read. The story is told through Augusta, whose mostly turbulant marriage takes her from her youth to her old age.

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elinpat
Sep 08, 2011

As usual for this author - superb.On again, family friendship and amrraige. Charming, detailed and funny.

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csrestall
Jan 26, 2017

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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MurielW
Feb 21, 2015

MurielW thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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csrestall
Jan 26, 2017

Augusta arrives home after being kicked out by her daughter for being too overbearing while her husband has been ill. Augusta's son-in-law Gabe is having brain surgery. Augusta is waiting at home with her husband Karl and her friend Rose, for the phone call regarding his survival. While they wait all afternoon for news Augusta has various flashbacks recounting her life. She deals with parental issues, her fathers lack of emotion/love, and her mother's affair with an indigenous man and the subsequent fall out. Her adolescent years and meeting Karl. Her marriage to Karl and her misery with her father-in-law. Augusta's own affair with an older man, and subsequent pregnancy. The birth of her child and death of her father. Joy's childhood and growth, and the lack of mother daughter bond. And finally renewed love for Karl resulting from the bee keeping and their elderly years. Towards the end of the book we find out that Gabe lives, and Joy has rekindled their mother daughter relationship.

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csrestall
Jan 26, 2017

Other: Issues dealing with suicide, prejudice, and adultery.

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