Credit: Vanessa Stump
Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.
Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved.
As the New Year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Or does he need theirs? Lennie takes them in--feeds them, clothes them, protects them--and something like a family forms. But soon enough, the sisters' friends, their teachers, and the authorities start asking tougher questions. As one lie leads to another, dark secrets about the girls' family surface, creating complications that threaten to tear them apart.
Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift, and in the same year was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. Recently she took a break from screenwriting when she moved to LA with her two children. The Death of Bees is her first novel.
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