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The Last Beekeeper (CD-Audio)
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No one had seen a honeybee in the wild for twenty years.
Decades after bees were declared extinct, Elbie Severn, a greenhouse hand pollinator, sees a honeybee. A real bee. But in the fragile economic and political climate, reporting unsubstantiated bee sightings is illegal because of the hysteria they cause. Elbie, who is allergic to bees, decides to find proof by tracking the bees and finds a wild hive. She soon discovers that others are also hunting down rogue bee colonies—but not everyone wants to save them.
Elbie must engage the help of her ailing father, once famously known as Time Magazine’s Last Beekeeper on Earth, to help her find and protect the hive. But as Elbie goes deep into an underground society who are committed to finding and protecting bees, she discovers her own father, now suffering from dementia, played a role in the catastrophic event that resulted in The Great Collapse of the world’s pollinators.
About the Author
As a journalist, JULIE CARRICK DALTON has published more than a thousand articles in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, and other publications. She contributes to DeadDarlings, The Writer Unboxed, and GrubStreet’s writer’s blogs. She also owns and operates a small farm in rural New Hampshire, the backdrop for Waiting for the Night Song, her debut.
Praise for Waiting for the Night Song:
“Smart and searingly passionate . . . an illuminating snapshot of nature, betrayal and sacrifices set in the evocative New Hampshire wilderness.” —Kim Michele Richardson, award-winning author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
“A riveting and heartbreaking coming of age story… fans of Delia Owens will swoon to find their new favorite author.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie
“A fresh and engaging tale.” —Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
“A killer, gorgeous debut that tackles love, racism and even climate change. Waiting for the Night Song will break your heart, leave you breathless and wanting more.” —Rachel Barenbaum, bestselling author of A Bend in the Stars