Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable eleven-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her father, Saul, absorbed in his study of mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father’s spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer mother, Miriam. But when Eliza discovers an aptitude for competitive spelling, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. In this altered reality, Saul ushers her into his hallowed study and lavishes upon her the attention previously reserved for Aaron, who in his displacement embarks on a lone quest for spiritual fulfilment that leads him to the Hare Krishna. And when the unveiling of Miriam’s secret life triggers an almighty explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos.
Not merely a coming-of-age story, Myla Goldberg’s first novel delicately examines the unravelling 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 American writer.
Reviews of Bee Season
‘A natural storyteller, Goldberg writes with a confidence that eclipses the fact that this is her debut novel. Deceptively simple prose cushions sparkling metaphors and pushes the plot towards its devastating, yet beautiful, climax.’ The Times
‘A totally beguiling debut novel…Goldberg’s prose is witty and quirkily observant. ‘Elle Magazine
‘Excellent…strikingly different.’ Observer
‘Truly original.’ Red