This is a slick collection of well written short stories, some of which have been turned into movies. “The Body” – Stand by Me in movie form – is my personal favorite. “Apt Pupil” – an ultra creepy story about a 13 year old boy who discovers that a neighbor is more than just a quiet old man: he was a former nazi, who butchered and tortured. The boy becomes obsessed, forcing the man to tell him about the horrors of concentration camps and his evil past. The boy fantasizes about all of it, enjoying every detail.
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Lisa O'Donnell discusses and signs The Death of Bees
01/07/2013 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Marnie and her little sister, Nelly, are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents, Izzy and Gene, and they aren't telling. While life in Glasgow's Maryhill housing estate isn't grand, the girls do have each other. Besides, it's only a year until Marnie will be considered an adult and can legally take care of them both.
As the New Year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Or does he need theirs? Lennie takes them in—feeds them, clothes them, protects them—and something like a family forms. But soon enough, the sisters' friends, their teachers, and the authorities start asking tougher questions. As one lie leads to another, dark secrets about the girls' family surface, creating complications that threaten to tear them apart.