Sarah Crossan, an Irish author, has written eleven novels between 2012 and 2020, and is noted for her commitment to young adult writing. Her YA novel, One, published in 2015, received four awards and the German edition of her novel Moonrise received an award in 2020. Here Is The Beehive is Sarah Crossans’ first adult novel, published in 2020 by Bloomsbury and shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Award.
Here Is The Beehive is a brave and honest portrayal of a kind of love, which has been found by so many. It’s a love filled with renewal of hope, a joy captured that lover’s thought was gone forever, a rebirth of sorts. Two people, Connor and Ana, drowning in loveless marriages find each other amidst the mundaneness of life. Connor appears at Ana’s law firm and a three-year affair is ignited. Ana becomes infatuated, ready to leave her husband when she is met with the news of Connors sudden death. A phone call from his wife Rebecca, needing to settle his affairs, leads Ana to seek pieces of Connor through the life he left behind. Ana’s own husband and child seem to lie on the border of her attention. Consumed completely by this lost love, she manically tries to hold onto anything that brings her closer to Connor. This story grips you as you see her desperation in action. You wonder what ends she will go to and what lines she will cross. What will she risk for a love that almost was?
Sara Crossan wrote this novel in verse, perfectly capturing the best of a novel and seamlessly intertwining it with the beauty of poetry. A remarkably unique read that offers weighty emotions, blurred lines of morality and a look into what a woman in love will do in grief.
Sarah wanted to capture grief and was inspired by a friend who had been in a secret relationship. This spurred her curiosity and as she asked other women if they had friends in a similar situation, she found most women she asked had themselves taken part in an affair. Crossan sees the character of Ana as a woman, who is in search of herself. She is seeking to be defined as something other than a mother and wife. Connor offers Ana the excitement and adoration that was lost with her husband. Throughout the story you are inside Ana’s head, her emotions, her erratic decisions. It’s the ending of a relationship. where only one of the partners is present.
Here Is The Beehive was named after a children’s nursey rhyme. “Here is the beehive,/ Where are the bees?/ Hidden away where nobody sees.” From title to ending, Crossan has encapsulated every part of this story beautifully.
Here Is The Beehive is available now, published by Bloomsbury