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The Honey Farm

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   11.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/29/2018

The Honey Farm

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412907
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412914


Lily King meets Patricia Highsmith in this slyly seductive debut set on an eerily beautiful farm teeming with secrets.

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The drought has discontented the bees. Soil dries into sand; honeycomb stiffens into wax. But Cynthia knows how to breathe life back into her farm: offer it as an artists' colony with free room, board, and "life experience" in exchange for backbreaking labor. Silvia, a wide-eyed graduate and would-be poet, and Ibrahim, a painter distracted by constant inspiration, are drawn to Cynthia's offer, and soon, to each other.

But something lies beneath the surface. The Edenic farm is plagued by events that strike Silvia as ominous: taps run red, scalps itch with lice, frogs swarm the pond. One by one, the other residents leave. As summer tenses into autumn, Cynthia's shadowed past is revealed and Silvia becomes increasingly paralyzed by doubt. Building to a shocking conclusion, The Honey Farm announces the arrival of a bold new voice and offers a thrilling portrait of creation and possession in the natural world.


“An aura of mystery, faintly tinged with menace, permeates Canadian author Lye’s sensuous debut novel. . . . An achingly lyrical excursion into a lost Eden.” —Publishers Weekly

“Lush, poetic. . . . Each lyrical line feels like a gift left at the reader's altar. A honey-mouthed debut ruminating on creation, possession, and faith.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Harriet Alida Lye's writing has been published by VICE, Hazlitt, the Guardian, and more. She lived in Paris for many years, was a writer-in-residence at Shakespeare & Company, and currently works at a museum in Toronto.