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Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
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Jan 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, judaica
Read in February, 2008

But I got through this one just fine, though I still wonder if all mainstream fiction relies solely on warped and damaged people as gimmicks, instead of puzzles and gewgaws. I'm quite glad I read it, in fact (though it made me second-guess my own parenting skills): It is quite fascinating as a psychological study and an exploration of Jewish mysticism. I might even read it again some time - or add it to my library. On the surface, the story is about Eliza Nussbaum's startling shift from mediocre fifth-grade student to spelling prodigy - but it gets to be a lot more than that. (Warning: persons who hate present-tense stories should not attempt this one.) This is also the first I've read off a list of "Jewish Family Fiction" that someone at my public library compiled; I intend to try a few more.
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