A Recipe for Bees

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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

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Title:A Recipe for Bees
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  • Debbie

    When Gail Anderson-Dargatz showed the manuscript of A Recipe for Bees to her divorced parents, it caused them to reconsider their sixteen-year separation. My parents, Eric and Irene, are models for Ka...

  • DeB MaRtEnS

    Winner of Giller Prize. Duplicate review. Twenty years or so after reading "The Cure for Death by Lightening", "A Recipe for Bees" and "A Rhinestone Button" I found myself mulling over the influence t...

  • Will Ansbacher

    Not interesting enough to finish, even though it is set on Vancouver Island. The minutiae of the characters lives was, well, a bit too minute....

  • Kady24

    It was a ho-hum book. Not good enough to recommend and not bad enough to totally diss....

  • Jean

    The book is a multi-layered story about life, marriage, relationship, friendship, hate, anger, rural life, growing old and find love where you were not expecting it, then having it look different than...

  • Meredith

    This book was an interesting read. There were some moments I loved and were exquisite and there were other moments that seemed to drag on. I think what got me to really enjoy it in the end was the way...

  • Robert Beveridge

    Gail Anderson-Dargatz, A Recipe for Bees (Harmony, 1998)At first, A Recipe for Bees has the look and feel of your typical dysfunctional family novel. Augusta Olsen, traveling home from the hospital wh...

  • Karo

    I picked up a copy of A Recipe for Bees at without knowing anything about it -- it just seemed interesting after reading the back cover. The book did indeed remind me quite a bit of The Stone Diaries,...

  • Christina

    This book had an odd, slow opening, almost causing me to put it down and add it to my started but never finished shelf. But, as I had already done that once that same day, I didn't relish trying to fi...

  • CynthiaA

    This is a charming book. Set in a rural Canadian town, the book reflects on a life's choices, love, parenthood and marriage through the eyes of an elderly woman. It is funny in parts, sad in parts, an...