Gail Anderson-Dargatz A Recipe for Bees

ISBN 13: 9780676972412

A Recipe for Bees

3.69 avg rating
( 3,679 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780676972412: A Recipe for Bees
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Following the international success of The Cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz has written an extraordinary and beguiling second novel. A "foray backwards in time", A Recipe for Bees is the telling of a woman's life: Augusta Olsen, a farmer's daughter, then a farmer's wife, living in the isolation-- desolation--of rural Canada. Conjuring that landscape and its time, the photos from Anderson-Dargatz's family album scattered throughout the book suggest that this is an obscurely personal narrative, a testimony to the many "strange tales" and the unique loves that lives lived so close to the land can solicit. Sometimes painful, often pitiless--the possibility of a slow death from loneliness and frustration on her husband's farm haunts the young Augusta-- A Recipe for Bees is on the side of a visionary bid for life: the resistance and resource which drives Augusta to manufacture love as she manufactures honey, forging pleasure through friendship, family, narrative--and the strange world of bees. "Have I told you the drone's penis snaps off during intercourse with the queen bee?" The memorable opening line of a novel preoccupied by bees, the sensual language of bees, and the difficulty of making life out of death. -- Vicky Lebeau

Review:

"Gail Anderson-Dargatz has something that no amount of craft can give a writer: She is hopelessly in love with and attentive to her subject, the physical world and all its gifts." -- The Globe and Mail

"A wonder to be cherished: a wise, beautiful and deeply felt novel that reminds us all that it's never too late to fall in love." -- Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives

"Succeeds with unexpected elegance and energy... Margaret Laurence meets Gabriel García Márquez." -- Elm Street

"A richly textured, life-affirming novel teeming with the small, hard-won victories that make life not only bearable, but glorious." -- Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"She shares the rich vision of fellow Canadians Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro.... Wonderful, salty descriptions of the prairie and its people. This is a real discovery." -- The Mail on Sunday (UK)

"I ended up reading the book in one sitting, hardly noticing that I was getting burned by the Long Beach sun." -- Geist Magazine

"(a) heady blend of earthy realism and romantic exoticism...This is a bravura work that in several ways recalls Carol Shields's The Stone Diaries. What Gail Anderson-Dargatz has achieved is a commemoration of a lifestyle and a collection of characters that live on when the novel is finished." -- The Times Literary Supplement

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy Used
Condition: Good
Spine creases, wear to binding... Learn more about this copy

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Published by Random House of Canada, Limited (1999)
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Free Shipping Books
(Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited, 1999. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2959072369

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 4.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Published by Random House of Canada, Limited
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks
(AURORA, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited. Paperback. Condition: As New. An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0676972411I2N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 4.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Published by Random House of Canada, Limited
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks - Motor City
(AUSTELL, GA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited. Paperback. Condition: As New. An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0676972411I2N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 4.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Published by Random House of Canada, Limited
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks - Yankee Clipper
(Windsor Locks, CT, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited. Paperback. Condition: As New. An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0676972411I2N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 4.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Published by Random House of Canada, Limited
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bayside Books
(Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)

Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited. Paperback. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2959371705

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 4.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Published by Random House of Canada, Limited (1999)
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Better World Books Ltd
(Dunfermline, United Kingdom)

Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited, 1999. Condition: Good. 1st Canadian Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP92709115

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 0.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 4
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Published by Vintage Canada 03/08/1999 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bahamut Media
(Reading, United Kingdom)

Book Description Vintage Canada 03/08/1999, 1999. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780676972412

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 2.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Published by Vintage Canada 03/08/1999 (1999)
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
AwesomeBooks
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description Vintage Canada 03/08/1999, 1999. Condition: Very Good. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Seller Inventory # 7719-9780676972412

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 3.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail
Published by Vintage Books Canada (1999)
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Goldstone Books
(Llandybie, United Kingdom)

Book Description Vintage Books Canada, 1999. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Seller Inventory # mon0003906404

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 2.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2.25
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Published by Vintage Books Canada (1999)
ISBN 10: 0676972411 ISBN 13: 9780676972412
Used Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
MusicMagpie
(Stockport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Vintage Books Canada, 1999. Condition: Very Good. 1577000245. Seller Inventory # U9780676972412

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
£ 3.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 5.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book