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Publisher Comments:

International Bestseller

Shortlisted for the 1998 Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Notable Book of 1998

Over 40,000 copies sold in hardcover

In A Recipe for Bees, Gail Anderson-Dargatz gives readers a remarkable woman to stand beside Hagar Shipley and Daisy Goodwin — but Augusta Olsen also has attitude, a wicked funny bone, and the dubious gift of second sight.

At home in Courtenay, B.C., Augusta anxiously awaits news of her dearly loved son-in-law Gabe, who is undergoing brain surgery miles away in Victoria. Her best friend Rose is waiting for Augusta to call as soon as she hears. Through Rose, we begin to learn the story of Augusta's sometimes harsh, sometimes magical life: the startling vision of her mother's early death; the loneliness of her marriage to Karl and her battle with Karl's detestable father, Olaf. We are told of her gentle, platonic affair with a church minister, of her not-so-platonic affair with a man from the town, and the birth of her only child. We also learn of the special affinity between Rose and Augusta, who share the delights and exasperations of old age.

Just as The Cure for Death by Lightning offers recipes and remedies, A Recipe for Bees is saturated with bee lore, and is full of rich domestic detail, wondrous imagery culled from rural kitchens and gardens, shining insights into ageing, family and friendship. And at its heart, is the life, death and resurrection of an extraordinary marriage

Synopsis:

International Bestseller

Shortlisted for the 1998 Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Notable Book of 1998

Over 40,000 copies sold in hardcover

Augusta Olsen relives the story of her sometimes harsh, sometimes magical life. A Recipe for Bees is saturated with bee lore, full of rich, domestic detail, wondrous imagery culled from rural kitchens and gardens, and shining insights into the delights and exasperations of love and ageing, family and friendship. And at its heart is the life, death and resurrection of an extraordinary marriage.



About the Author

Gail Anderson-Dargatz grew up in rural British Columbia. She is also the author of the beloved bestseller The Cure for Death by Lightning, and of The Miss Hereford Stories. She lives with her husband Floyd on Vancouver Island. A Recipe for Bees has been published in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and is forthcoming in the US, France, Germany, Greece and Holland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780676972412
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Location:
Toronto :
Author:
Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990803
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.2 x .8 in .65 lb

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International Bestseller

Shortlisted for the 1998 Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Notable Book of 1998

Over 40,000 copies sold in hardcover

Augusta Olsen relives the story of her sometimes harsh, sometimes magical life. A Recipe for Bees is saturated with bee lore, full of rich, domestic detail, wondrous imagery culled from rural kitchens and gardens, and shining insights into the delights and exasperations of love and ageing, family and friendship. And at its heart is the life, death and resurrection of an extraordinary marriage.



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