Here is the Beehive (Hardback)Sarah Crossan (author)
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An evocative portrait of marriage and adultery, Crossan's adult fiction debut explores the singular agony of losing someone the world can never know was yours.
Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it. But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.
How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out?
In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach - Connor's wife Rebecca.
Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 416 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm
'A beautifully crafted sucker punch of a read. Sarah Crossan has always had an exquisite way with words and in this she uses poetic prose to craft an honest and oftentimes gritty exploration of two intertwined marriages, slowly unravelling. Painfully believable, passionate and occasionally heartbreaking, Here is the Beehive provides further proof that Sarah Crossan is an infinitely gifted writer. We're lucky to have her' - Jan Carson
'I read this stunning book standing up in two hours. An eviscerating take on marriage and adultery' - Erin Kelly
'A searing portrait of addictive love and grief and the devastation human beings can wreak on each other ... It is an addictive read, painful, unsettling, full of uncomfortable truths, yet the work itself resounds with its own unique bleak beauty' - Lisa Harding
'Devastatingly honest, heartbreaking and tender ... This is the most extraordinary novel I have read in years in form, ambition and scope - an incredible achievement and an instant classic. I will read it again and again' - Jane Casey
'Here is the Beehive is an unflinching take on the destructive power of obsessive love. It is also a highly original study of the grief that dare not speak its name - the grief of the other woman' - Christine Dwyer Hickey
'I couldn't put it down. I just loved it. The prose is clean yet rich, her dialogue ear-perfect' - Louise Kennedy
Praise for Sarah Crossan:
'One of our most original writers. Sarah has almost created an entirely new form of writing in her novels that is hers and hers alone' - John Boyne
'Compelling and beautifully wrought' - Sunday Times
'The princess of pacing ... Crossan always finds humour and humanity in the darkness; it's impossible not to read it in a single gulp' - The Times
'Truly remarkable' - Irish Times
'There are familiar flavours and notes and moments of powerful sweetness, but she complicates them with such power and subtlety, in a way that doesn't alienate the reader. The tang of fire is in there, always, leaving a unique aftertaste. You wouldn't mistake it for any other writer, and you won't soon forget it' - Deirdre Sullivan
'Utterly sublime' - Cecilia Ahern
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“A fantastically written portrayal of the effects of betrayal on all those around you”
Sarah Crossan is a wonderful writer with such a unique, fluid, engrossing writing style. This book was upsetting and evoked powerful emotions in me. Ana was messed up, destructive, towards others and herself but... More
“Poetic, unusual book”
This book is written in an unusual poetic style which I had never experienced before ! 5he book tells of Ana’s emotional state in the aftermath of losing Connor. We also find out how the couple got together and how... More
I absolutely adore Sarah Crossan’s debut adult novel, Here is the Beehive. The story is the most exquisite piece of literature that I have read since Arunduhati Roy's The God of Small Things. It is quite simply... More
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