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The History of Bees
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The History of Bees

A Novel
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352 pages
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Additional text"I once sat sheltered while a swarm of bees the size of a house flew over me. I wish readers this same cone of isolated, humming space when they read Maja Lunde's fine novel The History of Bees. Here is a story that is sweeping in scope but intimate in detail. Stepping lightly between a 19th century British naturalist, a contemporary Ohio bee farmer, and a determined mother in a dystopian future China, Lunde dares to imagine the chaos our rapidly changing world invites, while finding order and hope in individual acts of care."
Summary"Imagine The Leftovers, but with honey" (Elle), and in the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this "spectacular and deeply moving" (Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author) novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the beesand to their children and one anotheragainst 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 beehiveone 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 "the past, the present, and a terrifying future in a riveting story as complex as a honeycomb" (New York Times bestselling author Bryn Greenwood) that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
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ISBN/GTIN978-1-5011-6138-4
Product TypeBook
BindingPaperback
FormatTrade paperback (UK)
Publishing year2018
Publishing date01/07/2018
Pages352 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 134 mm, Height 205 mm, Thickness 20 mm
Weight262 g
Article no.33785090
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Sample TextThe History of Bees TAO
District 242, Shirong, Sichuan, 2098
Like oversize birds, we balanced on our respective branches, each of us with a plastic container in one hand and a feather brush in the other.
I climbed upwards, very slowly, as carefully as I could. I was not cut out for this, wasn't like many of the other women on the crew, my movements were often too heavy-handed. I lacked the subtle motor skills and precision required.
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Author

Maja Lunde is a Norwegian author and screenwriter. Lunde has written ten books for children and young adults. She has also written scripts for Norwegian television, including for the children's series Barnas supershow ("The Children's Super Show"), the drama series Hjem ("Home") and the comedy series Side om Side ("Side by Side"). She lives with her husband and three children in Oslo.