The Winter Bees
Behind each door of each small place in this collection of ten short stories, people tend to their duties to keep a small town humming. The Winter Bees introduces seemingly mundane lives lived in a rural Minnesota town and reveals journeys of personal discovery, meaning, love and hope.
Ana, the bartender, hosts Christmas parties for children and raises money for charity, all the while storing memories of her lonely past. Bachelor Hermann, who pines for his best friend’s wife, makes messes to attract her over to his place and clean up after him. The bookstore owner, Shirley, who neatly shelves the stacks while longing for her dead husband, surprises herself in a moment of cruelty.
These intertwined stories draw us into the everyday lives of people whose duties often mean personal restraint and heartbreak.
About the author: New Ulm native Jill Kalz is the author of the short-story collection The Winter Bees. A 2008 Minnesota Book Award finalist and winner of the Readers’ Choice Award for her picture book Farmer Cap, Kalz is also the author of more than 70 children’s books. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and works as a children’s book editor.