We originally posted The History of Bees in June 2017 and then updated this post in December 2019 with the second two books in the Klimakvartetten series.
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.
Original title: Bienes historie, translated by Diane Oatley
#1 – The History of Bees
3.8 rating based on 16,942 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Atria Books
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, to their children, and to 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 he 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.
#2 – The End of the Ocean
From the author of the #1 international bestseller and Indie Next Pick The History of Bees, a captivating new novel about the threat of a worldwide water shortage as seen through the eyes of a father and daughter.
3.8 rating based on 2,762 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: HarperVia
From the author of the #1 international bestseller and Indie Next Pick The History of Bees, a captivating new standalone novel about the threat of a worldwide water shortage as seen through the eyes of a father and daughter.
In 2019, seventy-year-old Signe sets out on a hazardous voyage to cross an entire ocean in only a sailboat. She is haunted by the loss of the love of her life, and is driven by a singular and all-consuming mission to make it back to him.
In 2041, David flees with his young daughter, Lou, from a war-torn Southern Europe plagued by drought. They have been separated from their rest of their family and are on a desperate search to reunite with them once again, when they find Signe's abandoned sailboat in a parched French garden, miles away from the nearest shore.
As David and Lou discover personal effects from Signe's travels, their journey of survival and hope weaves together with Signe's, forming a heartbreaking, inspiring story about the power of nature and the human spirit in this second novel from the author of the "spectacular and deeply moving" (New York Times bestselling author Lisa See) The History of Bees.
#3 – Przewalskis hest
A novel about horses, that doesn’t look like some pony farm in disguise. Three separate story lines that are set in as many centuries and yet somehow belong together. Post-climate-disaster dystopia, love story, family drama, travel adventure – shocking, wonderful, touching, exciting. A manifold of feelings delivered by the unimposing prose – a novel beyond my expectations.
4.1 rating based on 255 ratings (all editions)
St Petersburg 1881: Et skjelett av en nylig drept villhest bringes hele veien fra Mongolia til zoologen Mikhail. Han har aldri tidligere sett noe lignende. Skjelettet må stamme fra selve urhesten, som alle har trodd var utryddet. Mikhail begynner å planlegge en storstilt ekspedisjon til de mongolske steppene. Planen virker umulig, helt til eventyreren Wolff en dag står på døren. Mikhail tvinges til å forlate alt som er trygt, også det trygge i ham selv.
Mongolia, 1992: Veterinæren Karin har i mange år arbeidet for å tilbakeføre den utryddede Przewalski-hesten fra Europa til Mongolia. Nå er hun endelig nær ved å lykkes. Hun reiser til naturområdet Hustai med sønnen Mathias, som trenger å komme seg vekk fra Berlin. Siden barndommen ved Görings Carinhall, der villhestene levde i fangenskap, har disse hestene betydd noe spesielt for Karin. Men det har hatt sin pris, både den gangen og nå.
Norge, 2064: Eva tviholder på gården sin i et Europa som er i oppløsning. De fleste rundt henne har for lengst forlatt sine hjem og tenåringsdatteren Isa vil at også de skal flykte. Strømmen forsvinner, maten minker. Det er bare et spørsmål om tid før de ikke lenger vil klarer seg. Men Eva vil ikke dra, villhoppa i innhegningen venter et føll, og en dag dukker det en ukjent kvinne opp som trenger et sted å være: Louise.
Dette er en roman om mennesker og dyr, og menneskedyret. Hvordan har vi mennesker påvirket andre arter på jorda? Hva er forskjellene på oss og dyrene? Har vi noen mulighet til å rette opp våre feil? Og hva skal til for at vi alle skal overleve?