Goldberg attempts to paint a picture of a typical American household but fails miserably. This book was amazing. I've seen some complaints in other reviews about the ending, but I thought it was perfect. BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg ‧ RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2000 An impressive debut about a young girl from a brilliant but eccentric family whose special talent earns her a place in the family and finally in the world. Review "Goldberg's insights into religious devotion, guilt, love, obsessive personalities and family dynamics ring true, and her use of spelling-as-metaphor makes a clever trope in a novel populated by literate scholars and voracious readers. :), those who enjoy psychologically sophisticated family stories, any spelling bee fans, Fascinating book. Bee Season. I loved the writing, the storylines, the utter dysfunctionality of the characters. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. - The Midwest Book Review. Bee Season: A Novel Bee Season is a beautifully, flawlessly written novel that takes us through the journeys of 4 members of a family- father, mother, brother and sister. She doesn't remember him. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Meet the Naumann family: Saul, the father, is a stay-at-home dad and obsessive, self-taught Kabballist. "Bee Season" involves one of those crazy families that cluster around universities: An intellectual husband who is clueless about human emotions, a wife who married him because she was afraid to be loved and he didn't know how to, a son who rebels by being more like his father than his father is, and a daughter who retreats into secret survival strategies. With the national bee looming, Saul transfers all his attention from his son to his daughter - inspired by his readings of the Kabbalah scholar Abulafia, he believes her to be some sort of holy mystic genius, who may be able to communicate directly with God. A compelling story, interestingly flawed characters, and lovely writing. . Don’t need to know about or care about mystical Judaism (I didn’t) or spelling bees to enjoy this book. 5 stars: 12: 4 stars: 23: 3 stars: 11: 2 stars: 3: 1 star: 3: LibraryThing Review User Review - sanyamakadi - LibraryThing. It's a powerful book, filled with insight and emotion. If spelling the knowledge and faith contained therein were a requirement for salvation, more than likely most of us would find ourselves cooling our heels in some form of remedial purgatory, seeking divine revelation in a book rather than in ourselves and our fellow sinners. The work of a lyrical and gifted storyteller, Bee Season marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented new writer. When Miriam's secret life triggers a familial explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos. Goldberg writes beautifully and the story is woven together like a rich, colorful tapestry. Can a fiery lass melt a frigid heart in this smart and steamy Regency you'll love? The novel combines an exploration of religious faith and a search for meaning with an â€›ordinary’ young girl’s sudden ambition to parlay a skill at spelling into a victory at the national spelling bee. Adapted from the novel by Myla Goldberg, Bee Season tells the story of a family whose turmoil is brought to the surface by a young girl's unexpected talent. Not that it’s so written so wonderfully that I’m left speechless, not in the traditional sense. Save $5 when you spend $20 Offered by Amazon.com. It ends at exactly the right place. 1,628 reviews. Eliza, an average fifth-grader, wins her school spelling bee, to her and every else’s surprise. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published There is not a single thing I didn't love about it. Ten year old daughter Eliza appears to be the only mediocre intellect in the family…until she wins the school spelling bee, and soon she’s won the city and regional bees and is heading on to nationals. has been added to your Cart. Read 12 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. As she goes on to more serious spelling competitions, her family members begin to question their own choices. I have been transfixed each time I picked it up. The plot and subplots are far to rich and complex to try and explain here- and besides, other reviewers will probably cover those. Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of, “She has often felt that her outsides were too dull for her insides, that deep within her there was something better than what everyone else could see.”, “The two bond over their mutual lack of family ties: Saul from his disownment, Miriam from the car accident that orphaned her as a college junior. I just need to read more books by Jewish women. It’s beautifully written, and a lot of sympathy is shown for all of these quirky characters and their many flaws. It ends at exactly the right place. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again. The author is able to impart a sort of heavy, although not depressing, atmosphere, which fits perfectly with the inner lives of the characters. 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. I didn't despise any of them. —Aimee Bender, author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt "In a story told with unique delicacy and brave inventiveness, a young girl, innocent and all-knowing, learns how much there is to lose, and what it takes to win." The mother deserves to be in a mental facility, that dad is as vain as can be, and their teenage son is reckless in his own sense. a friend bought it because she is interested in bees, the buzzing kind and found out soon enough that the bees in question were all to do with American spelling quizzes. God. We see them as they interact with each other, and the changes that disrupt their lives. More By and About This Author. Bee Season presents the narrative viewpoints of all the family members. . Surprisingly enough this is nothing like a "traditional" spelling bee story. Lots of surprises. It is jarring, a lightning bolt thing. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling … There is not much more that could have been done to mess up this family. Crazy about it! Son Arron, at 16, expects to become a rabbi someday, but as nerdy outcast at school, he finds himself wanting something more (or at least different) from his spiritual life. It reached number 15 in the New York Times independent fiction bestseller list in July, 2000. Words cannot describe how much i HATED this book. I really liked—very nearly loved—this novel. A scarred rake determined to avoid all responsibility. Until, that is, she wins the school spelling bee, and then the regional spelling bee (I believe spelling bees are massive spelling competitions unique to the US). When choosing a book for the library discussion group, I was offered a list from a particular program the library uses. After the big lottery win, will starring on reality TV be a costly mistake? ©2000 Myla Goldberg (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC. Reading it over and over again. In minutes, one GI is dead and a second wounded. 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. Our Reading Guide for Bee Season by Myla Goldberg includes a Book Club Discussion Guide, Book Review, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio.