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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.

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Would a world without bees
                   be a world without us?

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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.

George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

 

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.

 

England, 1852

 

United States, 2007

 

China, 2098

 

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Colony collapse disorder is real. In the last decade, more
than 10 million beehives have been lost, nearly twice the
normal rate of loss.

 

As a study at Yale University notes: “One of every three bites
of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially
bees, for a successful harvest. And in the past several
months, a scramble in California’s almond groves has given
the world a taste of what may lie in store for food
production if the widespread—and still puzzling—
decimation of bee colonies continues.”

 

The History of Bees imagines a world where bees no longer
exist, food is in short supply, and humanity depends on the
brute labor of hand pollination in order to sustain itself.

 

To learn more about this global crisis and join the fight to
save the bees, check out the many resources at savebees.org.

 

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