Sarah P

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Mad Honey: A Novel By Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984818409
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Ballantine Books - September 5th, 2023

Curiosity drew me to pick up this book - how exactly do two authors craft a novel together, during a pandemic? Besides the fact that beekeeping plays a starring role, the novel is wonderful for three reasons:

One: I love a narrative that plays with time - this story is told mostly backwards. My favorite writers can move back and forth in time and use this to build suspense, make the reader revisit assumptions, or evoke a dreamlike quality.

Two: I love books that wrestle with ethics. In this novel: What is privacy? Are we allowed some secrets? How do we decide who to confide in, and when is the right time? When is a secret the same as a lie?

Three: To avoid spoilers, I'll just say that this book tenderly, and with dignity, leads the reader to a fuller appreciation for the diversity in humankind.