Silvia has just graduated college and must decide what her next step will be. Ibrahim, an accomplished artist, thinks he’s due for a change of scenery. They both apply and are accepted to live on a struggling bee farm for the summer; work space in exchange for helping on the farm. Cynthia, the owner, is a bit off kilter and farms as many secrets as she does crops. As the summer unfolds, love blossoms but soon lays way to ruin. The Honey Farm is enticing, sweet, and dangerous with a stinging end
- Clare— From Clare's Recs
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.