The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
A Novel

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What Lunde has done with “The History of Bees” is create something altogether unexpected ... a remarkable feat of writing acumen ... a powerful work, meticulously constructed, deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.
-The Maine Edge

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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.
 

About Maja Lunde

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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”). The History of Bees is her first novel for adults. She lives with her husband and three children in Oslo.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Touchstone. 353 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jun 20 2017

Tao’s quest to find her son and understand what happened to him will ultimately tie the three stories together, as does the theme of the bond between parent and child, one generation to the next. Illuminating if not much fun.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Kim Ode on Aug 18 2017

“A History of Bees” is a dark read, and yet it ends on a wavering note of optimism. It’s been likened to Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 sci-fi novel “Station Eleven,” with good reason.

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Reviewed by Ellie Robins on Sep 21 2017

Lunde’s exploration of the tension between human instinct and the need for selflessness couldn’t be more timely. It’s just a shame that readers must settle for an earnest but contra-21st century and possibly contra-human entreaty about the meaninglessness of a single human life, rather than a more satisfactory reckoning of our shared future.

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Sep 06 2017

What Lunde has done with “The History of Bees” is create something altogether unexpected ... a remarkable feat of writing acumen ... a powerful work, meticulously constructed, deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

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