England, 1851. 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 honour and
fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill
battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their
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-and is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition-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 relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
Praise for The History of Bees: 'Spectacular and deeply moving.
Lunde has elegantly woven together a tale of science and science
fiction, dystopia and hope, and the trials of the individual and the
strengths of family' Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author 'Such
is the genius of debut novelist Maja Lunde that her tale of three
eras-the long past, the tenuous present and the biologically damned
future-is strung on the fragile hope of the survival of bees' Jacquelyn
Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author 'As a lover of honeybees and
a fan of speculative fiction, I was doubly smitten by The History of
The History of Bees - Maja Lunde
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