Fifth-grade student Eliza Naumann is, and probably always will be, average. This is only unfortunate when one considers that Eliza is the only average member of the Naumann family. Other than an affinity for movies and television, there is not much that makes Eliza stand out. At McKinley Elementary school, Eliza is a mediocre student, at best. Everything shifts for Eliza Naumann and her entire family, however, when she wins the school and district spelling bees.
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Fifth-grade student Eliza Naumann is, and probably always will be, average. This is only unfortunate when one considers that Eliza is the only average member of the Naumann family. Other than an affinity for movies and television, there is not much that makes Eliza stand out. At McKinley Elementary school, Eliza is a mediocre student, at best.
Everything shifts for Eliza Naumann and her entire family, however, when she wins the school and district spelling bees. Saul and Miriam Naumann are both only children who live peacefully with their offspring in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Saul, a student of Jewish mysticism, is a cantor at the local synagogue. His wife Miriam is a driven woman who works as a lawyer and keeps an obsessively clean house.
Aaron is a brilliant student, if somewhat socially maladjusted, who begins the narrative searching for God. Eliza Naumann, however, embarks on her own journey into spirituality and maturity when her father offers to help her "get to know the letters" in preparation for the national spelling bee.
Through the writings of thirteenth-century Jewish mystic Abraham Abulafia, Eliza comes to realize that spelling is more than simply assembling letters into words. To Eliza, spelling becomes a way to commune with God and achieve transcendent enlightenment.
Bee Season is also the story of a family whose members all harbor explosive individual secrets. Saul Naumann thirsts for the kind of spiritual acuity he sees in his daughter Eliza. His studies of Abraham Abulafia do not take shape for Saul Naumann until Eliza begins studying for the national bee.
Aaron Naumann yearns to be accepted and loved by a God with whom he can communicate at will. He finds God in an unlikely place and refuses to let go. Eliza Naumann secretly wishes to achieve enlightenment in order to finally take home the trophy for winning the national spelling bee. This section contains words approx.
Quotes from Bee Season
Each one moves in its own way, X cartwheeling over and over, C hopping forward, M and N marching stiff-legged and resolute. Both want children. She sees in Saul the househusband who will enable her parental ambitions without disabling her autonomy. In Miriam, Saul sees the means to a book-lined study and a lifestyle conducive to mystical advancement. They are both absolutely certain these things equal love. It will never cross her mind that the dog was a beagle and that she was knocked over from a surprise more than force. The children of the house she fled will use the incident to convince their parents to keep the dog, which had been on the verge of being given away for its propensity to shit at the slightest hint of thunder it having been sequestered in the garage that night because of a stormy forecast.
"Bee Season" by Myla Goldberg
Plot summary Edit Eleven-year-old Eliza Naumann is the only "ordinary" member in a family of gifted people living in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One day Eliza surprises herself by winning the class spelling bee , then the school bee at McKinley Elementary School. At first Saul is unaware of her success, but then he becomes increasingly involved with her. Eliza is invited into his study to practice, and Aaron for the first time finds the door closed to him. But as Eliza progresses through the district bee and prepares for the national bee, the troubled lives of her family come into sharp focus.
After a while, taking a break from your pages of reading to play a little Johnny Mnemonic can be comforting no matter how well you actually do. But that could just be a fashion thing. Her answer was both thorough and inspiring. After a year and a half of encouraging rejection letters, we decided there was nowhere else to send it.