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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 ather - against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. 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 hour 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 salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees w 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: 'A brilliant and beautiful vel' Jan Askelund, Stavanger Aftenblad 'She does everything right [...] She paints on a broad canvas, the topic is highly important and the language is both comprehensive and precise' Geir Vestad, Hamar Arbeiderblad 'One can easily understand the buzz ...' Maria Arolilja Ro, Adresseavisa 'The settings portrayed in the vel are impressively visual and each character is perfectly naturally rooted in his or her own era and environmen' Janneken Overland, Klassekampen 'Maja Lunde will reach a big audience with The History of Bees. (...) She has written a vel many will read in one go, and then sit down and think, about life, the world and the future. That is unique and it is very well done' Annette Orre, littkritikk. 'The History of Bees is a fascinating and brilliantly written vel that elegantly moves between the various stories and timelines' Oddmund Hagen, Dag og Tid
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.