The Honey Thief

The Honey Thief

by Elizabeth Graver
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The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver

Elizabeth Graver's first novel, Unravelling, was hailed on publication as "exceptional" (The New York Times Book Review), "a pleasure" (The New Yorker), and "exquisitely poignant and sensual" (The Boston Globe). Now, in her second novel, she proves herself to be a major voice in American fiction. The summer that eleven-year-old Eva is caught shoplifting (for the fourth time), her mother, Miriam, decides the only solution is to move out of the city to a quiet town in upstate New York. There, she hopes, they can have the normal life she longs for. But Miriam is bound by a past she is trying to forget, and tensions escalate. It is only when Eva meets a reclusive beekeeper that she-and her mother-can find their way back to each other, and can begin life with renewed promise. A haunting novel of memory and desire, The Honey Thief reveals the healing power of friendship and the ineradicable bonds of mother and child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156013901
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 867,853
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH GRAVER is the author of Unravelling and The Honey Thief. She teaches at Boston College and lives in Massachusetts

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Wonderful characters to spend a day with. Perfectly balanced and quite real. A thoughtful story to snuggle in with and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE HONEY THIEF is a good read. Mother and daughter experience painful growth spurts which eventually foster a coping relationship between them. In Judy Blume fashion, Elizabeth Graver perfectly captures the horribleness of puberty--crazy thoughts, unexplainable acts, and screaming, rude behavior. Is it any wonder mom considers her daughter bipolar/manic? Overall, the story is real . . . . Mother and daughter react in very wrong ways and teenager-rearing is shown to be what it is, HARD. As a reader, it was frustrating not to be able to step in and give advice to the mother and daughter on 'a better way of doing things.' Overall, the book should offer reassurance to Moms of teenage daughters and the book would even be helpful for a teenage daughter who is just so complicated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most lyrical gem of a book, describing in vivid detail the complexities of mother-daughter relationships, mental illness, the pain of regret and the awkwardness of growing up. I feel as though I have known Eva, Miriam and Burl my entire life. Elizabeth Graver, if you are reading this, thank you for writing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For an otherwise simple story about a single mother struggling to control her daughter, The Honey Thief wields an amazing power over the reader. The author writes a beautiful story and draws the reader into the complicated, yet mundane lives of her characters. You'll be surprised how quickly you get drawn into the plot. 'If only Eva could control her wild urges...' 'If only Miriam could finally gain control over her life...' The author has written a wonderful and warm story that is rich with description and detail.