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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — 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 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 15th by Anchor first published May 2nd More Details Original Title.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bee Season , please sign up. Why was the ending so abrupt? Jeanne Fiocca I have no idea! I was considering how unraveled everything was and how few pages were left and thought there was no way to wrap all of it up. I was co …more I have no idea!

I was correct in my perspective. I went from thinkng the girl was having a psychotic break to her appearing to be in total control of her destiny. So weird.

Anyone else really despise that Mom? Sharon Leader I didn't despise any of them. They were interesting characters, each fairly detached from the others. The mother was mentally ill, surviving in the on …more I didn't despise any of them.

The mother was mentally ill, surviving in the only way possible for her, diving deeper and deeper into illness until it was discovered and she was removed from her family. The remaining family members, father, daughter, and son, were all seekers -- looking for transcendence. I don't see the family as split; the story didn't end with the last page of this book. Families always have their differences; the family still existed with relationships still evolving, mother in treatment, and children maturing.

See 2 questions about Bee Season…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bee Season. I had heard of this book Not even sure why I had missed reading Myla Goldberg until very recently.

Two-for-two: 5 star ratings for me with Myla Goldberg. Both books, completely different from one another - are the type of stories that stay I had heard of this book Both books, completely different from one another - are the type of stories that stay with me years from now.

Coming apart Kabbalah studies Family madness I agree with all the readers before me who said that this story was The thing she has become and the body she left behind will cancel each other out upon impact. For this, she is thankful. There is the sensation of drowning, of suffocation, her lungs are filling with a substance that is both thicker and thinner than air. View all 20 comments. Apr 11, BlackOxford rated it liked it Shelves: american , jewish.

The Purpose of Family At least since the novels of William Makepeace Thackeray, the family has been portrayed as the corrupter of those who are its hapless constituents: spouses fight for superiority or escape; ambitious fathers and mothers impose their ambition and snobbery on children who might have turned out better in other circumstances; siblings prosecute relentless rivalries; everyone is driven by the imperatives of family membership.

Parental duty and earnestness are parodied and filial l The Purpose of Family At least since the novels of William Makepeace Thackeray, the family has been portrayed as the corrupter of those who are its hapless constituents: spouses fight for superiority or escape; ambitious fathers and mothers impose their ambition and snobbery on children who might have turned out better in other circumstances; siblings prosecute relentless rivalries; everyone is driven by the imperatives of family membership.

Parental duty and earnestness are parodied and filial loyalty is mocked mercilessly. Families are termed 'dysfunctional' because it's members are certifiably neurotic. Bee Season turns the tables on this traditional slander. Its four characters - Mother, Father, Son, and Younger Daughter - come into the family, not so much psychically damaged as incomplete and certainly neurotic.

Each strives for completeness in his or her own way, assisting or inhibiting the others along the way. But it is in and through the family that all recognise both their inadequacies and the effect of their strivings on the others.

Families, in other words, are therapeutic. Families mitigate the neuroses of individual members. Father, for example, is a theological scholar who feels himself a failure for never having experienced the spiritual transcendence he seeks. Daughter is a prodigy at spelling who wants Father's attention and some social recognition.

Adolescent Son tries to recapture an infantile feeling of the divine presence. Mother acts out her inadequacies in petty thievery. While the condition of the family is the arena in which they operate, none of these 'neuroses' has its origin in the family itself. Despite their apparently diverse, and uniquely personal, objectives, each member of the family is secretly pursuing the same goal of completion.

And it is the gravitational field of the family, it is difficult to find a word other than love for this field, which gives them the strength and confidence to do this. Their forays into the world, sometimes bizarre, always end with a return to the touchstone of family life, including the routine weirdness of each other. Each in their own way is 'excessive' but their excess is simply accepted by the others, not encouraged. Eventually, secrets become public knowledge.

And in the mirror of the family, everyone develops into his or her own person. They leave it. But this is not a failure of the family; it is its success. Not dysfunction, then, but precisely its function: to reveal what has been hidden and thrust it into the world.

And the family persists in an entirely new form. An intriguing fiction that avoids cliche and provokes some interesting thought, therefore. View all 5 comments. Sep 15, rachel rated it liked it Shelves: own , , jewish. Sometimes when a person I've just met or a well-meaning family member talks about my future children, I stop to correct them. This answer garners one of two responses, neither of which are very polite.

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This is my Book Group read this month. We get back five days before the Book Group meeting. 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 fulfilment. The enthusiasm of the collective chair scrape that follows rates somewhere between mandatory school assembly and head lice inspection. This is especially the case in Ms. Eliza Naumann certainly knows this.

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Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. 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. 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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Bee Season is a novel by Myla Goldberg. It follows a young girl as she attempts to win the national spelling bee , and the repercussions of her success on the other members of her family. Eleven-year-old Eliza Naumann is the only "ordinary" member in a family of gifted people living in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Her father Saul is a cantor at the local synagogue and a keen student of Jewish texts; her mother Miriam is apparently a successful lawyer and her brother Aaron is a gifted student who is able to read and recite in Hebrew and is allowed into his father's study, where he plays the guitar with his father.

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