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The Bee Sting

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The Bee Sting

From the author of SKIPPY DIES comes Paul Murray's THE BEE STING, an irresistibly funny, wise and thought-provoking tour de force about family, fortune and the struggle to be a good person when the world is falling apart.

The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie’s once-lucrative car business is going under --- but rather than face the music, he’s spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman. His wife, Imelda, is selling off her jewelry on eBay, while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way through her final exams. And 12-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away from home.

Where did it all go wrong? A patch of ice on the tarmac, a casual favor to a charming stranger, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil. Can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? And if the story has already been written, is there still time to find a happy ending?

The Bee Sting
by Paul Murray

  • Publication Date: August 15, 2023
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374600309
  • ISBN-13: 9780374600303