Every year hundreds of aspiring writers see their first book published. But only a select few truly stand out as more than the promising work of an adolescent writer. Like the first works of such writers as Zadie Smith
, Nathan Englander
, and Colson Whitehead
, Bee Season
is remarkably assured. Myla Goldberg's story of quirky Eliza Naumann, who has a natural talent for spelling, and her disintegrating, dysfunctional family is much more than an insightful and heart-rending family drama, though it is that. It is also a provocative novel of ideas, a Kabbalah-inspired meditation on the power of words, and a poetic exploration of the mysterious presence of God. Goldberg is a writer of multiple gifts, bringing to her career as a novelist a formidable intellect, an empathetic heart, a nimble imagination, and most importantly the discipline and skill to shape her material into an affecting work of art. Readers of Bee Season
will find themselves cranky and impatient for her next book. Martin, Powells.com
About the Author
Myla Goldberg lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Jason Little.