Bee Season: A Novel Quotes

Myla Goldberg
This Study Guide consists of approximately 34 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Bee Season.
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"With suburban rabbis outnumbering suburban synagogue two to one, Orel Mayer chose a steady salary over spiritual affinity" (p. 13).

"Like many things left unsaid, Eliza's thoughts have metastasized, kernels of doubt exploding into deadly certainties" (p. 17).

"Miriam Naumann is a hummingbird in human form, her wings too fast to be seen without a stop-motion camera" (p. 17).

"[Saul] looks upon his acid insights as shadowy impostors, clay pigeons that will explode at the touch of true transcendence" (p. 20).

"Sex, like ironing or changing a flat tire, is an essential life skill to be mastered. [Miriam] is intrigued by a firsthand account of an orgasm as a giant body wave" (p. 21).

"Aaron, whose sister's gilded image of him will last four more months before the real world strips it from him" (p. 24).

"Aaron wonders if God lives in all clouds, or if his plane just happened to pick the right one" (p. 36).

"Though certainly cognizant of their biological connection, Miriam has grown to view Eliza as not quite her child" (p. 59).

"Eliza wonders if death is not a sleep you can't wake up from but life reduced to one inescapable moment" (p. 63).

"Miriam sometimes spends hours combing through floor after floor, intent as a pig sniffing truffle" (p. 76).

"[Aaron] considers disguising himself, briefly toys with the idea of dying his hair, but decides that a bleached-blond Jew will look even more conspicuous than a regular Jew and then there's the problem of explaining his new look to [Saul]" (p. 83).

"[Aaron] is Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Lewis and Clark all rolled into one intrepid Jew ready to see if, when he reaches the front of the church, he will fall off the edge of the world" (p. 85).

"The fresh paper sash across the toilet seat, announcing sanitization, reminds Eliza of her mother" (p. 100).

"When he attempts to picture himself old, Aaron realizes that the old man currently awaiting him has a face perpetually braced for disaster. He wonders if, at age sixteen, it is not too late to change his wrinkles" (p. 128).

"She knows that part of her will welcome this but, like a schoolgirl presented with the temporary anarchy of deep snowfall, Miriam wants to enjoy the brief obscuration of routine afforded by Saul's absence" (p. 133).

"With the spelling bee over, [Eliza] had entertained soft-focus visions of father/daughter kite-building and cookie-baking, images she doesn't realize she has lifted from an old Hallmark commercial until she sees it again on TV" (p. 151).

"Compared to the colors and the smells of the ISKCON temple, Beth Amicha is plain and uninviting, a spinster who long ago gave up on luring a groom" (p. 176).

"Saul smiles and adds 'father/son camping trip' to the mental list of things he really does intend, someday, to do" (p. 186).

"Miriam had thought the night of her final capitulation to the houses would be presaged by something to push her over the edge, but it is a night the same as any before" (p. 195).

"Eliza enjoys studying to the smell of her father's cooking. It makes the words seem nutritive, reminding her that she is feeding her brain" (p. 218).

"Of all the senses, the tongue is the most voracious and uncontrollable" (p. 249).

"[Eliza's] skin has become so fragile she knows it will crumble away at the slightest movement, reducing her to bones and reddish dust that was once her blood" (p. 264).

"'At least,' Saul had told himself, 'if I cannot prevent myself from inheriting my father's faults, I can protect my daughter from their effects'" (p. 61).

"Since she was very small, Eliza has thought of the inside of her head as a movie theater, providing herself with an explanation for the origin of bad dreams" (p. 58).

"Not having observed the others' faces, [Eliza] is unaware that most spell with their eyes open after a brief period of face-clenched concentration indigenous to constipation and jazz solos" (p. 58)

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