The History of Bees

The History of Bees

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"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 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 "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.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2017.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501161377
Branch Call Number: LUNDE M
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 24 cm


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"Three interwoven tales from 1851, 2007, and 2098 tell the story of our dependency on bees ....Illuminating if not much fun." ~Kirkus Reviews

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May 12, 2018

I haven't read either Station Eleven or Never Let Me Go, but this book reminded me quite a bit of Cloud Atlas, although it was an easier book to read. With the 3 different timelines going on I don't feel that there was enough character development, particularly with some of the minor characters. In some cases there was little to no insight as to why the characters made their sudden choices. Overall it is a decent book and insightful as to what may occur in the future if bees do not survive.

Mar 03, 2018

This book seemed on a downward slope as it began and it made me feel a little depressed as I proceeded. The Author is very clever in her storytelling intertwining 3 different families during 3 different periods over 3 separate countries. She touches on many subtleties of human behavior, family ties and weaves these through her story telling w/ great skill. By the end she has more than won me over. People have many lessons to be learned. We may think we are leaping ahead but how often are our actions are selfish , greedy and destructive....

JCLGreggW Jun 12, 2017

Three stores in three separate time periods help frame this novel, a skillfully and beautifully written book about, well, bees, but more importantly the personalities of the people who see them as their job, a link to their family, or their salvation. This is a PERFECT book club book, too.


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