Other books byMyla Goldberg
Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. In this altered reality, Saul inducts her into his hallowed study and lavishes upon her the attention previously reserved for Aaron, who in his displacement embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. When Miriam's secret life triggers a familial explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos. Myla Goldberg's keen eye for detail brings Eliza's journey to three-dimensional life. As she rises from classroom obscurity to the blinding lights and outsized expectations of the National Bee, Eliza's small pains and large joys are finely wrought and deeply felt. Not merely a coming-of-age story, Goldberg's first novel delicately examines the unraveling fabric of one family. The outcome of this tale is as startling and unconventional as her prose, which wields its metaphors sharply and rings with maturity. The work of a lyrical and gifted storyteller, Bee Season marks the arrival of an extraordinarily talented new writer.
A Walk in Prague
Sometimes a city can be like a bird. Just as the magpie is an inveterate collector, hoarding beautiful eclectic bits to line its nest, so Prague retains fragments from bygone regimes and centuries past to create a city of juxtaposition that is alternately exquisite and bizarre. Prague’s personality is expressed as much by its obvious beauty as by its overlooked details. This unforgettable place is brought to life by acclaimed author Myla Goldberg, a former Prague expat, whose first novel, Bee Season, captivated so many with its unique voice and exhilarating prose. Myla Goldberg lived in Prague in 1993, just as the process of Westernization was getting under way, the city straddling a past it wished to shed and a future it was eager to embrace. In 2003, she returned to see what the pursuit of capitalism had wrought and to observe the integral ways in which Prague’s character had endured. In Time’s Magpie, Goldberg explores a city where centuries-old buildings have become receptacles for Western values and a generation defined by the Communist regime coexists with a generation for whom Communism is a rapidly fading memory. Wander through the narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets to places most tourists never see—to a neighborhood eerily transformed by the devastating flood of 2002; to an anachronistic amusement park that is home to a discomfiting array of Technicolor confections; and to the cabinets of curiosity in the Strahov Monastery, where hidden among deceptively modest displays of butterfly specimens and ladies’ fans are creatures that defy the laws of taxidermy. This imaginative, individualistic journey will show you the odd and unique corners of a city often seeking to erase what its very stones will not allow it to forget.
The False Friend
From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . . Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One afterÂnoon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened. The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celiaâs unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, theyâve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both. Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends donât believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love canât blind him to all that contraÂdicts Celiaâs version of the past. Celiaâs desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story,The False Friend explores the adults that children becomeâleading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb. From the Hardcover edition.
100 EXTRAORDINARY STORIES ABOUT ORDINARY THINGS SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS: A Literary and Economic Experiment Can a great story transform a worthless trinket into a significant object? The Significant Objects project set out to answer that question once and for all, by recruiting a highly impressive crew of creative writers to invent stories about an unimpressive menagerie of items rescued from thrift stores and yard sales. That secondhand flotsam definitely becomes more valuable: sold on eBay, objects originally picked up for a buck or so sold for thousands of dollars in total — making the project a sensation in the literary blogosphere along the way. But something else happened, too: The stories created were astonishing, a cavalcade of surprising responses to the challenge of manufacturing significance. Who would have believed that random junk could inspire so much imagination? The founders of the Significant Objects project, that’s who. This book collects 100 of the finest tales from this unprecedented creative experiment; you’ll never look at a thrift-store curiosity the same way again. FEATURING ORIGINAL STORIES BY: Chris Adrian â¢ Rob Agredo â¢ Kurt Andersen â¢ Rachel Axler â¢ Rob Baedeker â¢ Nicholson Baker â¢ Rosecrans Baldwin â¢ Matthew Battles â¢ Charles Baxter â¢ Kate Bernheimer â¢ Susanna Breslin â¢ Kevin Brockmeier â¢ Matt Brown â¢ Blake Butler â¢ Meg Cabot â¢ Tim Carvell â¢ Patrick Cates â¢ Dan Chaon â¢ Susanna Daniel â¢ Adam Davies â¢ Kathryn Davis â¢ Matthew De Abaitua â¢ Stacey â¢ D'Erasmo â¢ Helen DeWitt â¢ Doug Dorst â¢ Mark Doty â¢ Ben Ehrenreich â¢ Mark Frauenfelder â¢ Amy Fusselman â¢ William Gibson â¢ Myla Goldberg â¢ Ben Greenman â¢ Jason Grote â¢ Jim Hanas â¢ Jennifer Michael Hecht â¢ Sheila Heti â¢ Christine Hill â¢ Dara Horn â¢ Shelley Jackson â¢ Heidi Julavits â¢ Ben Katchor â¢ Matt Klam â¢ Wayne Koestenbaum â¢ Josh Kramer â¢ Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer â¢ Neil LaBute â¢ Victor LaValle â¢ J. Robert Lennon â¢ Jonathan Lethem â¢ Todd Levin â¢ Laura Lippman â¢ Mimi Lipson â¢ Robert Lopez â¢ Joe Lyons â¢ Sarah Manguso â¢ Merrill Markoe â¢ Tom McCarthy â¢ Miranda Mellis â¢ Lydia Millet â¢ Maud Newton â¢ Annie Nocenti â¢ Stephen O’Connor â¢ Stewart O’Nan â¢ Jenny Offill â¢ Gary Panter â¢ Ed Park â¢ James Parker â¢ Benjamin Percy â¢ Mark Jude Poirier â¢ Padgett Powell â¢ Bob Powers â¢ Todd Pruzan â¢ Dan Reines â¢ Nathaniel Rich â¢ Peter Rock â¢ Lucinda Rosenfeld â¢ Greg Rowland â¢ Luc Sante â¢ R.K. Scher â¢ Toni Schlesinger â¢ Matthew Sharpe â¢ Jim Shepard â¢ David Shields â¢ Marisa Silver â¢ Curtis Sittenfeld â¢ Bruce Sterling â¢ Scarlett Thomas â¢ Jeff Turrentine â¢ Deb Olin Unferth â¢ Tom Vanderbilt â¢ Matthew J. Wells â¢ Joe Wenderoth â¢ Margaret Wertheim â¢ Colleen Werthmann â¢ Colson Whitehead â¢ Carl Wilson â¢ Cintra Wilson â¢ Sari Wilson â¢ Douglas Wolk â¢ John Wray