Format Hardcover
Publication Date 02/07/23
ISBN 9781639363711
Trim Size / Pages 6 x 9 in / 272

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A Novel

Laline Paull

An astonishing and immersive new novel, Pod takes the reader into the depths of the ocean—and into the world of its fascinating inhabitants—through the eyes of the beautiful Ea, a spinner dolphin.

Laline Paull returns with an immersive and transformative new novel of an ocean world—its extraordinary creatures, mysteries, and mythologies—that is increasingly haunted by the cruelty and ignorance of the human race.

Ea has always felt like an outsider. As a spinner dolphin who has recently come of age, she's now expected to join in the elaborate rituals that unite her pod. But Ea suffers from a type of deafness that prevents her from mastering the art of spinning. When catastrophe befalls her family and Ea knows she is partly to blame, she decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and leave the pod.

As Ea ventures into the vast, she discovers dangers everywhere, from lurking predators to strange objects floating in the water. Not to mention the ocean itself seems to be changing; creatures are mutating, demonic noises pierce the depths, whole species of fish disappear into the sky above. Just as she is coming to terms with her solitude, a chance encounter with a group of arrogant bottlenoses will irrevocably alter the course of her life.

In her terrifying, propulsive novel, Laline Paull explores the true meaning of family, belonging, sacrifice—the harmony and tragedy of the pod—within an ocean that is no longer the sanctuary it once was, and which reflects a world all too recognizable to our own.

London-born and of Indian heritage, Laline Paull studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theater in her home city. Her most recent novel is The Bees, which was a resounding critical and commercial success in the United States and Britain. She lives in the English countryside with her family.

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Endorsements & Reviews

Advance praise for Pod:
“Laline Paul succeeds splendidly in rising to the most important literary challenge of our time—restoring voice and agency to other-than-human beings.” Amitav Ghosh, author of Sea of Poppies
“For those intrigued by Cli-Fi, a terrifying novel.” Cosmopolitan
“Thought provoking. The dramas of the ocean are played out in a perfectly compiled plot and, as you’d expect, the beauty of the underwater is vividly and sensitively written. It’s another conversation starter.” The Belefast Telegraph
“Pacy, provocative tale of survival in a fast-changing marine landscape.” The Daily Mail
Praise for Laline Paull's The Bees:
“Richly imagined.” Los Angeles Times
“[A] gripping Cinderella/Arthurian tale with lush Keatsian adjectives.” Margaret Atwood, via Twitter
“A marvelous work of fiction. The parallels to “1984” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” are numerous but this story is also its own.” Florida Times-Union
“Fascinating. Engrossing. Paull’s clear fascination with her source material brings humanity and warmth to a depiction of the remarkable social world of bees, which is no small achievement.” Huffington Post
The Bees is an extraordinary feat of imagination, conjuring the life of a beehive in gripping, passionate and brilliant detail. With every page I turned, I found myself drawn deeper into Flora’s plight and her immersive, mesmerizing world.” Madeline Miller, bestselling author of The Song of Achilles
“This is a rich, strange book...convincing in its portrayal of the mind-set of a bee and a hive. I finished it feeling I bees think and live. This is what sets us humans apart?our imagination can...create a complete, believable world so different from our own." Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring
“Told with rapturously attentive imagination. Few novels create such a singular reading experience.” Emma Straub, The New York Times Book Review
The Bees is one wild ride. A sensual, visceral mini-epic about timeless rituals and modern environmental disaster. Paull’s heart pounding novel wrenches us into a new world.” Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room
“It quickly became clear that in its basic facts, the novel sticks closely to real-world apian biology and behavior. That is fascinating enough, but Paull deftly wields this information to create an even more elaborately layered culture of beeness. Beautiful.” The Washington Post
“It’s rare to come across a book as mind-blowingly imaginative as Laline Paull’s The Bees. It’s even more rare for such works to be successful, well-written, gripping stories. The Bees is an utterly memorable wonder of a novel.” Kirkus Reviews