A NovelBook - 2000
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.
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In the Naumann household, 11-year-old Eliza seems to be not quite as smart as her family members. However, that all changes when she wins the class, then school spelling bee. Now her father, a professor of Judaism, devotes attention to her as fanatically as he does to his religious studies. Her brother, Aaron, who usually receives his father's attention, gets jealous. Her mother has also been keeping secrets from the family. Read all about it in "Bee Season" by Myla Goldberg.
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