NOTE: This list is a republication- Source: The New York Times (by Timo Lenzen).
Murray makes his triumphant return with The Bee Sting, a tragicomic tale about an Irish family grappling with crises. The Barneses—Dickie, Imelda, Cass and PJ—are a wealthy Irish clan whose fortunes begin to plummet after the 2008 financial crash. But in addition to this shared hardship, all four are dealing with demons of their own: the re-emergence of a long-kept secret, blackmail, the death of a past love, a vexing frenemy, a worrisome internet pen pal and more. The novel threads together the stories of the increasingly isolated Barneses, but the overall tapestry Murray weaves is not one of desolation but of hope. This is a book that showcases one family’s incredible love and resilience even as their world crumbles around them.
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