Bee Season

Bee Season

by Myla Goldberg
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Overview

Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. In this altered reality, Saul inducts her into his hallowed study and lavishes upon her the attention previously reserved for Aaron, who in his displacement embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. When Miriam's secret life triggers a familial explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos.

Myla Goldberg's keen eye for detail brings Eliza's journey to three-dimensional life. As she rises from classroom obscurity to the blinding lights and outsized expectations of the National Bee, Eliza's small pains and large joys are finely wrought and deeply felt.

Not merely a coming-of-age story, Goldberg's first novel delicately examines the unraveling fabric of one family. The outcome of this tale is as startling and unconventional as her prose, which wields its metaphors sharply and rings with maturity. The work of a lyrical and gifted storyteller, Bee Season marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented new writer.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400032761
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/13/2002
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 283,633
File size: 337 KB

About the Author

Myla Goldberg lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Jason Little.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hometown:

Brooklyn, New York

Date of Birth:

November 19, 1971

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.

Education:

B.A., Oberlin College, 1993