Novel premises

nutTwo new stories with unique points of view.The narrator of ”Nutshell” by Ian McEwan is an unborn child, who describes himself upside down in his mother’s womb, doing slow motion somersaults and wondering about the future.  He has cause to wonder.  His mother, enmeshed in an affair, is plotting her husband’s murder.  “Surprisingly affecting”.  Still curiouser is the plot of “The Bees” by Liline Paull.  A worker bee challenges the rigid structure of her hive when a threat to its survival becomes imminent.  When she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.  The Austin Chronicle deemed it “classic storytelling at its finest.”

 

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