BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg (2000), is a novel about a little 9 year old Jewish girl named Eliza who becomes the apple of her father Saul’s eye after she is the top winner of her school districts spelling bees. There after her father transfers his attention from her older brother Aaron and lavishes his attention on Eliza, leaving Aaron to go on his spiritual quest alone. Miriam, Eliza’s mom has some sort of secret life which I look forward to reading about.. This is a Jewish coming of age story, and I’m really enjoying the book.
NOTE: As you know this book was made into a movie with Richard Gere playing the father Saul. I would love to watch it myself someday.
NOTE: Well.. it seems the mother is a closet shoplifter from way back! It IS a good book and I’m glad I’m reading it before I watch the movie!
NOTE: I’m nearly finished with the book.. The whole family is lost to themselves and each other.. The mother in a mental hospital, the son Aaron joined the Hare Krishna’s, the daughter is into Jewish Letter mysticism that started with the spelling bee practice with her father. It really was a weird ending, not what I expected at all! I REALLY want to see what they did with the movie! The surprise ending I will not reveal!
Myla Goldberg also wrote:
CATCHING THE MOON
THE FALSE FRIEND
TIME’S MAGPIE: A Walk Through Prague