Nectar

David C. Fickett

Forge Books

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From the unforgiving farmland of rural Maine comes a story of love and sacrifice, of family tragedies and obligations, and of the mysterious healing power of bees.

David Fickett's Nectar crosses three generations of beekeepers to tell the story of Regina Merritt, a determined woman who is forced at a young age to choose between happiness and survival. Her remarkable life is recounted with the help of the many people affected by that decision: a husband, who fails in every attempt to win her love, and loses everything in the process; a daughter, uncomfortably aware of her mother's weaknesses, who is forced, in her darkest moment, to rely on the empathy of the woman she sought to hurt; a lover, denied in near-childhood, who never fails to provide protection and hope to the woman who denied him; and a son, left to his own devices by a mother with little love left, who yearns to solve the mysteries of his childhood and of the woman who is both his deepest connection and his worst enemy. Haunting and poignant, Nectar is a novel that will stay with you long after the last page is read.

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Nectar
PART ONEEstablishing the ColonyThe hive is composed of a queen, the mother of all her people; of thousands of workers ... and lastly of some hundreds of males, from whom one shall be chosen as the sole and unfortunate consort of the queen ... .--from THE LIFE OF THE BEE by Maurice Maeterlinck, c. 1901One runs chances in buying bees in full colonies ... the bees are not likely to be of pure stock ... .--from FIRST LESSONS IN BEEKEEPING by C. P. Dadant, c. 1957CHAPTER ONECaleb Gilley1956The man I believe to have been my father has died. It's a cool Autumn day and my mother and I sit together

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"[A] disturbing but beautifully told tale . . . dramatic and surprising."-Library Journal

"Poignant . . . A dramatic climax. Fickett is a fine craftsman whose strength is his character writing and the compassion he displays for his decidedly flawed cast. . . . Recalls the early work of Carolyn Chute."-Publishers Weekly

"I found Nectar almost addictive in the way it held my interest. Fickett truly captures the time, place, and people."-Booksense, Rita Moran, Apple Valley Books, Winthrop, ME

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David C. Fickett

David Fickett lives in a small lobstering town on the coast of Maine with his wife of seventeen years, his daughter, and his two sons. He has had several short stories appear in Maine journals. Nectar is his first novel.

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Nectar
David C. Fickett

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
May 2003
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ISBN: 9781429973762
ISBN10: 1429973765
320 pages
$7.99
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