'McKay's Bees' Alive With Wit And Wonder Thomas McMahon's novel isn't long, but writer Sue Miller says it manages to accomplish frequent hilarity, tender sexiness and sheer erudition. With intelligence and humor, McKay's Bees wonders about all that is funny, sad and amazing in the world.
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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

For our series You Must Read This, where authors talk about a book they love, Miller recommends a novel with a varied cast of characters all of whom jump right off the page.

SUE MILLER: Of course, there's a narrative distance necessary to accomplish all this in so few pages, but it's not an ironic distance or a satiric one, though there's often humor in it. Instead, McMahon's tone here seems almost Chekhovian to me. It has that same gentle, rueful amusement. Witty, precise, tender, McMahon beckons us as Chekhov does to an enlarging generosity and wonder at all that is sad and funny and amazing in the world. You must read it.

NORRIS: Sue Miller is the author of many novels, including her latest, "The Lake Shore Limited." She recommends the novel "McKay's Bees" by Thomas McMahon for our series You Must Read This.

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