Of Bees and Mist

Of Bees and Mist

Book - 2009 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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Baker & Taylor
In a community out of time and peopled by supernatural beings, sixteen-year-old Meridia attempts to escape by eloping, a pair of sisters are groomed to hate each other, and a matriarch forges grievances that swarm in the air.

Blackwell North Amer
Raised in a sepulchral house where ghosts dwell in mirrors, Meridia grows up lonely and miserable. But at age sixteen, she has a chance at happiness when she falls in love with Daniel-a caring and naive young man. Soon they marry, and Meridia can finally escape to live with her husband's family, unaware that they harbor dark secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden, there are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other, and there is Eva-the formidable matriarch and the wickedest mother-in-law imaginable-whose grievances swarm the air in an army of bees. As Meridia struggles to keep her life and marriage together, she discovers long-buried secrets about her own past as well as shocking truths about her new family that inexorably push her love, courage, and sanity to the brink.
Of Bees and Mist is an engrossing fable that chronicles three generations of women under one family tree over a period of thirty years-their galvanic love and passion, their shifting alliances, their superstitions and complex domestic politics-and places them in a mythical town where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, and prophets and clairvoyance are an everyday reality. Erick Setiawan's astonishing debut is a richly atmospheric and tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak that is altogether touching, truthful, and entirely memorable.

Baker
& Taylor

In a community out of time where supernatural beings are an everyday reality, sixteen-year-old Meridia attempts to escape her alienating childhood by eloping with a young man whose family harbors its own secrets, a pair of sisters are groomed to hate each other from birth, and a formidable matriarch forges grievances that swarm in the air. 75,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
Raised in a sepulchral house where ghosts dwell in mirrors, Meridia grows up lonely and miserable. But at age sixteen, she has a chance at happiness when she falls in love with Daniel-a caring and naive young man. Soon they marry, and Meridia can finally escape to live with her husband's family, unaware that they harbor dark secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden, there are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other, and there is Eva-the formidable matriarch and the wickedest mother-in-law imaginable-whose grievances swarm the air in an army of bees. As Meridia struggles to keep her life and marriage together, she discovers long-buried secrets about her own past as well as shocking truths about her new family that inexorably push her love, courage, and sanity to the brink.

Of Bees and Mist is an engrossing fable that chronicles three generations of women under one family tree over a period of thirty years-their galvanic love and passion, their shifting alliances, their superstitions and complex domestic politics-and places them in a mythical town where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, and prophets and clairvoyance are an everyday reality. Erick Setiawan's astonishing debut is a richly atmospheric and tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak that is altogether touching, truthful, and entirely memorable.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416596240
1416596240
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 25 cm.

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Jul 26, 2017

This is the worst book I've had the misfortune to pick up recently. I pushed through to the end, hoping for something to get better, that the characters would be nicer to each other, that some reconciliation or at least truce between warring family members would be reached. I was profoundly disappointed. The magic was confusing at best, and I am still unsure of whether of not the people experience magic or were all just insane. In addition, the persistent gross characterization of bees as horrid creatures was simply terrible.

ChristchurchLib Mar 16, 2014

"With a setting drenched in fantastical and magical happenings (like mists that steal hats, mirrors that reflect other lands, bees that spy, and a woman who grows herbs in her skin), this debut novel "reads like a fairy tale for adults" (Library Journal). It concerns the story of Meridia, who grows up in a cold, lonely house and falls in love at 16. The young couple elope, but Daniel turns out to have a spiteful, vicious mother who likes to pit her daughters -- and Meridia -- against each other. The battle rages for decades, until Meridia is forced to decide whether her marriage or her sanity is more important. Readers who enjoy reading of realistic relationships set against colourful, imaginative settings will enjoy Of Bees and Mist." Fiction A to Z March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/7b91ded4-ca5a-4608-8a16-ef2289b1f6ae?postId=f9c8c515-1dd1-45e1-a5c7-70f56e57d920

Brenda74 Jul 11, 2011

This book was full of magical realism and wonderful imagery. I really enjoyed this unique story!

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