On her 15th birthday, Marnie Doyle returns home to find both her parents dead. She and her little sister, Nelly, are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents--and they aren't telling. Their kindly next-door neighbor, Lennie, takes them in when he realizes they are alone. The girls claim their parents have departed Glasgow for Turkey--but their lies soon start to unravel. Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, The Death of Bees is an enchanting debut about three lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for one another.