978-0-676-97241-2 / 9780676972412

A Recipe for Bees


Publisher:Knopf Canada



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Following the international success of The Cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz has written an extraordinary and beguiling second novel. A "foray backwards in time", A Recipe for Bees is the telling of a woman's life: Augusta Olsen, a farmer's daughter, then a farmer's wife, living in the isolation-- desolation--of rural Canada. Conjuring that landscape and its time, the photos from Anderson-Dargatz's family album scattered throughout the book suggest that this is an obscurely personal narrative, a testimony to the many "strange tales" and the unique loves that lives lived so close to the land can solicit. Sometimes painful, often pitiless--the possibility of a slow death from loneliness and frustration on her husband's farm haunts the young Augusta--A Recipe for Bees is on the side of a visionary bid for life: the resistance and resource which drives Augusta to manufacture love as she manufactures honey, forging pleasure through friendship, family, narrative--and the strange world of bees. "Have I told you the drone's penis snaps off during intercourse with the queen bee?" The memorable opening line of a novel preoccupied by bees, the sensual language of bees, and the difficulty of making life out of death. --Vicky Lebeau

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