The Bees


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$16.99  $15.80
Ecco Press
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6.15 X 7.79 X 0.81 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author

London-born and of Indian heritage, Laline Paull studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theater in her home city. Her most recent novel is The Bees, which was a resounding critical and commercial success in the United States and Britain. She lives in the English countryside with her family.


"It quickly became clear that in its basic facts, the novel sticks closely to real-world apian biology and behavior. That is fascinating enough, but Paull deftly wields this information to create an even more elaborately layered culture of beeness...Beautiful."--Washington Post
"A marvelous work of fiction... The parallels to "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" are numerous but this story is also its own."--Florida Times-Union
"Fascinating... engrossing... Paull's clear fascination with her source material brings humanity and warmth to a depiction of the remarkable social world of bees, which is no small achievement."----Huffington Post
"This is a rich, strange book...convincing in its portrayal of the mind-set of a bee and a hive. I finished it feeling I bees think and live. This is what sets us humans apart--our imagination can...create a complete, believable world so different from our own."----Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring
"Told with rapturously attentive imagination...Few novels create such a singular reading experience."----The New York Times Book Review
"Riveting... evocative and beautiful."----NPR
"Richly imagined"----Los Angeles Times
"[A] gripping Cinderella/Arthurian tale with lush Keatsian adjectives."----Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
"THE BEES is one wild ride. A sensual, visceral mini-epic about timeless rituals and modern environmental disaster. Paull's heart pounding novel wrenches us into a new world."----Emma Donoghue, The New York Times bestselling author of Room
"Brilliantly imagined...Paull's use of human language to describe this tiny, intricate world is classic storytelling at its finest...The Bees boasts a refreshingly feminist spin on fairy tale-style plots....A wildly creative book that resonates deeply for quite a long time.--Austin Chronicle
"The Bees is an extraordinary feat of imagination, conjuring the life of a beehive in gripping, passionate and brilliant detail. With every page I turned, I found myself drawn deeper into Flora's plight and her immersive, mesmerizing world."----Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles --Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles
"It's rare to come across a book as mind-blowingly imaginative as Laline Paull's The Bees. It's even more rare for such works to be successful, well-written, gripping stories...The Bees is an utterly memorable wonder of a novel."--Kirkus Reviews