The History of Bees
By Maja Lunde
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.Tweet
What a great novel. It has 3 parts, past, present and future, so it's part historical, part contemporary and part sci fi/post apocalyptic but they're told concurrently and consider life with and without bees thus highlighting their necessity. There's a real environmental message in there that is hopefully not (but could well be) prophetic. As well as finding it an interesting story that runs along quite quickly I also learned lots about bees and beekeeping. It's an easy to read, well told story that I'll be recommending to friends
I thought this was a really interesting book, moving between three different times and locations, each centered around the role of bees. Fascinating, and scary at times, as it paints a future without bees. It was also an interesting insight into relationships between generations.