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September's book of the month
HERE IS THE BEEHIVE, Sarah Crossnan
But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.
How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach – Connor's wife Rebecca.
Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.
BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS
1. “You couldn’t leave because my pain didn’t matter”
How does the author illustrate Ana's pain and grief at the start of the novel?
2. “I miss the freckles on your shoulders,
The wispy tufts of hair there
And the clean, soapy smell of you”
How do these sensual experiences interact with memory?
Why do you think the author uses repetition? What impact does this have? Have you noticed any other motifs or tropes used by the author?
4. “I have been reading the same paragraph for two weeks”
Is it relevant that Ana is reading Anna Karenina? Are there other references in the novel that might be considered symbolic?
5. “I dance again,
barrel against clubbers until the bouncer throws me
Do you enjoy the narrative style of the novel? How is the experience different – or similar - to reading prose?
6. What are your thoughts on finishing Here is the Beehive? How did you feel about Ana throughout the book? What is the significance of the title?
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