Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This is another book club selection, it's the story of nine year old Eliza, who has been the average member of her family. Her tightly wound lawyer mother, personable and talented cantor father, and older brother Aaron, who is an aspiring rabbi and the apple of her father's eye all overlook her. Then she begins winning spelling bees and her father's attention shifts to her, as he helps her learn new words and get ready for bees. This changes the family dynamic completely and everyone is revealed in a new light. A really interesting book that made for a good discussion. Myra Goldberg's most recent book, Wickett's Remedy was not as well liked, perhaps because in her first version she tried to be less "accessible" and ended up having to revise the paperback edition.