The Hive

The Hive

Book - 2013
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It's the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power and how to get invited to lunch. Beatrice, undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come. Heather is desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong. Georgie is desperate for a cigarette. Rachel is watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316234795
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hor
Description: 343 pages ; 25 cm


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Oct 23, 2019

This was a first novel and in my opinion, the author may have bit off a little more than she could chew, in that there were a few too many characters with similar names and similar characteristics which made it hard to tell them apart at times, including some of the main characters whose responses and behaviors seemed to not be given enough depth. There were also a couple too many plot distractions that didn't seem to lead anywhere. That being said, there were enough funny moments and places where I laughed aloud to make it an easy, fun read. Her second book, about a village choir, is better developed.

Sep 25, 2014

Definitely slapstick comededy of manners as stated. Comparing a bunch of suburban cliquey mothers to a hive of bees (complete with a queen) was hilarious.
No in-depth characterization though - hard to tell the characters apart.


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