Gill Hornby’s debut novel, The Hive, has had so much success in the UK that it is being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. The book chronicles the interactions of a group of mothers at a primary school during the course of a year. Hornby was inspired to write the book by her own experiences with groups of women, and by another book, Queen Bees and Wannabees, which explores how groups of females often behave like bees – with a Queen Bee leading a clique.
This looks like a good summer read, but it won’t be out in the US until the fall. Hornby was a journalist before she wrote this novel and is the sister of Nick Hornby, one of my all time favorite authors. The Hive is also supposed to be funny! I am looking forward to the US release.