The History of Bees

The History of Bees

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Imagine The Leftovers , but with honey." -- Elle

"[ The History of Bees has] been likened to Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 sci-fi novel Station Eleven , with good reason." -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go , this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees--and to their children and one another--against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive--one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.

United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, ©2015.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501161377
Branch Call Number: FICTION LUN
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Oatley, Diane - Translator


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KateHillier Sep 14, 2017

I like the idea of this book - the triple narrative, the revolution around the very real real-life problem of bees dying off - and the issues that this book makes you face in regards to what could happen if bees just vanished. I think what may have made it a little less enjoyable for me was the fact that I really only cared about the future timeline as opposed to the present day and the past one. I could see the links and understood where the book was going but I guess I didn't really enjoy the ride as much as others seem to have.

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