Author(s): Craig Silvey
The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones. 'Find out who you are, and live that life.' Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other. Honeybee is a heartbreaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show. At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering stepfather, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances. Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel, brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It's about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It's about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.
"I read this book in 24 hours. I still had all my regular work and life commitments, but sleep was sacrificed. I couldn't help it. I was moved to tears at times while reading it. I also cried at the end because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters that moved me so much. I'm still not ready to say goodbye to them."
"Honeybee is proof of the value and validity of fiction, and the brilliance of authors who can successfully portray life experiences far beyond their own. What a gift that is to readers. And what a gift this book will be to any young person suffering the way that Sam did."
Indie Book Awards 2021 Fiction Book of the Year
Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His bestselling second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisting. Jasper Jones was the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for 2010. Honeybee is his third novel.
- : 9781760877224
- : Allen & Unwin
- : Allen & Unwin
- : May 2019
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- : books
- : 432
- : near fine
- : English
- : proof
- : Paperback
- : Craig Silvey