McKay's Bees

By Thomas A. McMahon
(University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226561110, 210pp.)

Publication Date: October 2003

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Moving from Massachusetts to Kansas in 1855 with his new wife and a group of German carpenters, Gordon McKay is dead set on making his fortune raising bees—undaunted by Missouri border ruffians, newly-minted Darwinism, or the unsettled politics of a country on the brink of civil war.

About the Author
Thomas McMahon (1943 1999) was the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mechanics and professor of biology at Harvard University. He is the author of "Loving Little Egypt" and "McKay's Bees," both published by the University of Chicago Press, as well as the posthumous novel, "Ira Foxglove,"

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010

Thomas McMahon's novel isn't long, but writer Sue Miller says it manages to accomplish frequent hilarity, tender sexiness and sheer erudition. With intelligence and humor, McKay's Bees wonders about all that is funny, sad and amazing in the world. More at

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