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Bee Season: A NovelI picked up this book because at first glance, it seemed like a simple story of a girl unexpectedly doing well in her school spelling bee, and I do love a good spelling bee story! However Goldberg soon moves from Eliza’s school spelling bee, to her family’s search for answers and peace. Eliza’s brother joins a cult, her mother tries to order the world around her, and her father becomes consumed with Eliza’s success, believing that it will bring both him and her closer to finding answers in Jewish mysticism. An interesting look at the things that people will do to find peace. I didn’t read the book carefully enough to thoroughly review it. This is a book that needs more time to think through than I can give it!