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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 Maja Lunde (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dianne on 08-22-17

I loved this book !!!

This is the best story I listened to in years. I felt present in all the chapters, as if Maja was talking to me, to my heart. Each era drew me into the story deeper and deeper into the past, present, and future and left me with an amazing hope for the health and beauty of our planet Earth

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2 out of 5 stars
By Malgorzata Kaczmarska on 01-11-18

Boring and predictable.

I bought this book because the brief description of it said "in the spirit of Station Eleven..." - well, it is nothing like Station Eleven!

The three stories are boring and very predictable, no real highs and culmination in the entire book.

I liked the two male narrators, but not the female one.

One good thing about this book: it's beautifully written. Too bad even that doesn't help this book...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 09-13-17

Loved it

Absolutely loved this. Wonderfully written and performed. Was truly sad when it ended. Had tones of Station 11, Never Let Me Go with a David Mitchell style but still completely her own. Highly recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms M. White on 04-23-18

Amazing and enlightening book

Everyone should read it!! Totally relevant and we could learn a lot from the stories.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shauna on 04-03-18

A keeper

So evocative and within the realms of possibility, it grips and does not let you leave.

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By Michelle on 02-25-18

wonderful listen

Easy to listen and follow. I loved the characters and their individual stories. really got me thinking about our treatment of the world. A great purchase 😊

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