Here is the beehive

Sarah Crossan

Book - 2020

After discovering that her married lover has been killed in an accident, estate lawyer Ana Kelly, alone and undone, seeks friendship with the person who she once thought of as her adversary and opposite, but who is now the only one who shares her pain--Rebecca, her lover's widow.

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Genres
Novels
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
266 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
0316428582
9780316428583
Main Author
Sarah Crossan (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The adult debut of Irish author Crossan, who has won awards for her YA novels, is a novel written as a free-form poem, voiced by Ana, whose story begins with the news that her lover has died. She and Connor met when he sought her legal counsel in drafting his will; now, she hears of Connor's death from his wife, Rebecca, who called the office to begin settling his affairs with no knowledge of who Ana is. Divided into five parts, the novel bridges time and action in the space between phrases, Crossan's poetic style lending itself to a certain spareness as well as a twist on the tale of a midlife love affair. While Connor's family situation is known from the beginning, Ana's is revealed more slowly, as are the fits and starts of their years-long romance. Further suspense is added by Ana's willful edging into Rebecca's life, and the circumstances of Connor's death, which aren't fully known until the book's ending. Supporting characters like Rebecca and those closest to Ana enrich the story. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Irish writer Crossan's beautifully written first adult novel (after the YA book Being Toffee), a married London lawyer and mother of two has an affair with her client, Connor Mooney, a married father of three. Ana finds her husband, Paul, to be "homely" and "compassionate," and feels unsatisfied in their marriage, which mostly consists of communicating by "grunts and nods." Ana and Connor meet up in hotel rooms when they can, but Ana wants more from the relationship; while she is willing to give up her family for Connor, he's hesitant to leave his wife. The three-year affair ends with Connor's death, the cause of which is initially kept from the reader. Ana hears the news from the unsuspecting Rebecca, who calls to inform Ana in her capacity as the lawyer of Connor's estate. Ana is devastated and unable to mourn her lover openly, and is left with nothing but a password-protected photograph of him on her computer. Then she secretly changes Connor's will and declares herself the executor, "so I could know your life and befriend your wife and keep you for a while." The book, structured in five parts, explores Ana's grief, guilt, and loss in stunning, spare lyrical prose, which appears like verse on the page as dialogue breaks into snippets of Ana's consciousness. Told from the point of view of a highly flawed Ana, this mesmerizing story will have readers hooked. (Nov.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After discovering that her married lover has been killed in an accident, estate lawyer Ana Kelly, alone and undone, seeks friendship with the person who she once thought of as her adversary and opposite, but who is now the only one who shares her pain--Rebecca, her lover's widow.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An estate lawyer, Ana Kelly can deal with death until her lover, Connor, dies in an accident, forcing her to reconcile painful truths about the affair and the fickleness of love and desire as she befriends Connor’s widow. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

As an estate lawyer, an unfortunate part of Ana Kelly's day-to-day is phone calls from the next of kin informing her that one of her clients has died. Nothing could have prepared Ana for the call from Rebecca Taylor, explaining in a strangely calm tone that her husband Connor was killed in an accident. Ana had been having an affair with Connor for three years, keeping their love secret in hotel rooms, weekends away, and swiftly deleted text messages. Alone and undone, Ana seeks friendship with the one person who shares her pain: Rebecca. As Ana becomes closer to her lover's widow, she is forced to reconcile painful truths about the affair, and the fickleness of love and desire. -- adapted from jacket

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A "gutsy, modern, deeply entertaining" debut about a love affair cut short, and how lonely it is to live inside a secret (The Observer UK). Ana Kelly can deal with death. As an estate lawyer, an unfortunate part of her day-to-day is phone calls from the next of kin informing her that one of her clients has died. But nothing could have prepared Ana for the call from Rebecca Taylor, explaining in a strangely calm tone that her husband Connor was killed in an accident. Ana had been having an affair with Connor for three years, keeping their love secret in hotel rooms, weekends away, and swiftly deleted text messages. Though consuming, they hide their love well, and nobody knows of their relationship except Mark, Connor's best friend. Alone and undone, Ana seeks friendship with the person who she once thought of as her adversary and opposite, but who is now the only one who shares her pain -- Rebecca. As Ana becomes closer to her lover's widow, she is forced to reconcile painful truths about the affair, and the fickleness of love and desire. Funny, frank, and strange, Sarah Crossan's moving novel is wholly original and deeply resonant.New York Post "Novels Everyone Will be Buzzing About this Fall"The Millions "Most Anticipated 2020" List