Paull uses real science about bees to illuminate her novel from the point of view of bees inside a hive — drawing on the fact that drones do no work, and males are massacred every year, and princesses must seek each other out and fight to the death. She uses this potent material to weave a Beatrix Potter story for adults, in which her misfit bee protagonist, Flora, allows her to comment on our own irrational divisions of labor. The whole thing builds to a powerful, moving conclusion that pays off.
[The Bees (Kindle), $2]
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