THE HISTORY OF BEES
Maja Lunde | Simon & Schuster | $33
There’s an understandable buzz around Maja Lunde’s first adult novel. Bees are in trouble. Habitat destruction and climate change have led to a rapid decline in populations. Fewer bees equals less honey. Motivated by this global environmental disaster, the Norwegian author has blended three separate bee-people narratives. In 1850s England, William is building the perfect beehive. Some 160 years later, American beekeeper George is finding it tough competing with modern farming practices. In China, at the end of the 21st century, bees are extinct and Tao hand-pollinates plants.
The History of Bees was the winner of several awards in Norway and a bestseller in Germany.