Bee Season [Myla Goldberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ordinary girl with an exceptional gift for spelling, young Eliza Naumann . An eccentric family falls apart at the seams in an absorbing debut that finds congruencies between the elementary school spelling-bee circuit, Jewish mysticism. As Eliza’s linguistic prowess takes her nearer to the national finals, the family finally begins to unravel.

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Silly me, I went into this book thinking that it would be about a girl and spelling bees despite the warnings that I now remember receiving Upon analyzing these characters, I found nothing. And all the while, he has be absent for so many years that he does not even know that his wife has left her job and is totally wrapped up in her own mentally unstable world. She has no reason to expect that the outcome of this, her first spelling bee, will differ from the outcome of any other school event seemingly designed to confirm, display or amplify her mediocrity.

This site uses cookies. Love, love, love the ending. I wanted to feel convinced this was something the characters really believed in when they made their decisions, but instead, I just felt like I was stuck going along for the ride.

This is not about the daughter Eliza’s skill at spelling, nor is it about Aaron’s Hare Krishna experience. View all 19 comments.

I mean, no golsberg really “knows” how to “be a good parent,” but it is always remarkable how best intentions can go so awry. In a interview at her college alma mater, Goldberg explained her motivation: This article is about the novel.

The heart of the story, though, rests in a young girl’s observations of and interactions with her family. The book as a whole reminded me of that line. Bee Season is a novel by Myla Goldberg.


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I liked the focus on their relationship. I found this book very depressing. It never seemed to quite know what it wanted to say or the right way to say it. While sometimes the sense of being “haunted” by a book is a delight to the reader, I would not place this in the same category.

Bee Season is very well done. While guising as a simple plot involving a girl’s quest to win a spelling bee, this book explores topics all the way from mental illness to religious awakenings. Goldgerg my two cents. And the family persists in an entirely new form.

Nov 04, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: Miriam was the best character. An intriguing fiction that avoids cliche and provokes some interesting thought, therefore. Quotes from Bee Season. Are the interactions between Aaron and Eliza typical of sibling relationships, or are they closer than most brothers and sisters?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Who loves reading about parents who shouldn’t be parents parenting? Either my conversation partner will look at me with eyes of wisdom and upraised chin and say, “You’re young, you’ll change your mind,” or they’ll seaso “WHAT???!!! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. In what ways do each of their quests embody the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam”the fixing of the world” [p. Apr 20, Tifnie rated it did not like it Shelves: Initially, Glldberg is portrayed as an involved and caring father.

I was sad I read this book.


What were they trying to convey? Though I was never an active spelling bee participant myself, I recognized in these kids my own childhood imperative to fulfill expectations and live up to my potential. Aaron, who had a ” religious experience ” at the age of eight it was actually the wing-light of a planefinds himself disillusioned with Judaism and begins to look elsewhere, first to Christianity and then to Buddhism.


The first third was ok. The prevalence of competitions in general shows the American need to be better than anyone else at something, whether it is selling cars or memorizing state capitals or knowing how to spell dvandva. My background in non-Western religions was and remains fairly minimal. She too spends hours and hours chanting and doing word permutations in order to get closer to god not much different than Aarons chanting.

Her mother drifts further and further away from reality. He brother, Aaron, becomes seaxon and starts to explore his own identy outside the jewish faith.

Published May 15th by Anchor first published May 2nd And the ending left everything wide open. View all 5 comments.

The second third was tedious. I read this on the suggestion of Ariel Federow. Sharon Leader I didn’t despise any of them. Do her ostensible involvement with work and her treatment of her children make her a “bad” mother? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here From that angle, spelling bees can be seen as evidence that Americans will stop at nothing to make a buck, even if that involves subjecting children to a high-pressure competition involving obscure words they will never again have the need to use and whose definitions most of them never learn.