Sunday, March 12, 2023

Ten top novels featuring bees and beekeepers

Julie Carrick Dalton is the author of Waiting for the Night Song and The Last Beekeeper.

[Julie Carrick Dalton's top ten works of fiction about climate disaster]

At Electric Lit she tagged ten novels from around the world about bees and their keepers, including:
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey is part coming-of-age, part romance, part courtroom drama, all of which add up to a riveting and tender page-turner. Olivia, a beekeeper, is desperate to believe her son did not kill his girlfriend, Lily, who tells her own version of the story in reverse, moving backward from the time of her mysterious death. Mad Honey’s structure—Olivia’s timeline moving forward while Lily’s timeline moves in reverse— builds suspense as the reader tears through the book to find out what really happened to Lily and why. Throughout Mad Honey, Olivia’s observations about bees burst with metaphors for how we survive in community, and about identity, gender, vulnerability, and selflessness.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue