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by Elizabeth Graver

eBook The Honey Thief ePub
Author: Elizabeth Graver
Language: English
ISBN: 0786862823
ISBN13: 978-0786862825
Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (August 4, 1999)
Pages: 272
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 202
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ePub file: 1858 kb
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Reading group guide": p. 263-264. When eleven-year-old Eva is caught shoplifting for the fourth time, her mother decides to move them to a small town in upstate New York as a solution. There Eva makes friends with a reclusive beekeeper, a friendship that will help mother and daughter deal with their problems.

Elizabeth Graver throws these three isolated people together and then wisely steps out of the way to let them work on each other. As the story moves forward, she allows her characters to look back, gradually weaving in memories that explain Burl's choices and Miriam's fears. Best of all, she avoids the obvious resolutions; instead, The Honey Thief plays out much as life does-messy, painful at times, with no guarantees but plenty of reason to hope.

The Honey Thief book. Now, in her second novel, she proves herself to be a major voice in American fiction.

The story keeps us guessing, yet I found the solitary life of Burl, the honey farmer, the most absorbing.

Miriam uproots her eleven-year-old daughter, Eva, from the high-pressure life of New York City and all that Eva knows, to a quieter, healthier life in the country. Will Eva become less of a wild child? Will Miriam find love again after the death of her young husband (told movingly in flashback)? The story keeps us guessing, yet I found the solitary life of Burl, the honey farmer, the most absorbing. Find similar books Profile.

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Now, in her second novel, she proves herself to be a major voice in American fiction. The summer that eleven-year-old Eva is caught shoplifting (for the fourth time), her mother, Miriam, decides the only solution is to move out of the city to a quiet town in upstate New York.

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Elizabeth Graver’s most recent novel, The End of the Point, is set in a summer community on Buzzard’s Bay from 1942 to 1999. Elizabeth Graver is the author of three other novels: Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling.

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The first time a store manager called about Eva, Miriam had thought it was a mistake. Eva Baruch, 11 years old, has been caught stealing three times.

These, then, were Eva's half-memories. Of words but not their meanings, of a sweater but not the face above it. Of a box, the corner of a room, the scratch of wool, but never a whole father, or even a whole mother the way she'd been before. These were among the things she hoarded, like the nail files, key chains, and pink erasers she kept hidden in a shoebox, her loot. Because mostly, she didn't remember...

Critics across the country hailed Elizabeth Graver's first novel, UNRAVELLING, as "exceptional" (The New York Times Book Review), a "pleasure" (The New Yorker), and "exquisitely poignant and sensual" (The Boston Globe). Now, Graver turns her talents to a contemporary novel about a woman and child who find that they cannot move ahead with the future until they can look clearly at the past.

The summer that eleven-year-old Eva is picked up on her fourth shoplifting charge, her mother, Miriam, decides that the only solution is to move from Manhattan to a quiet town in upstate New York. There, she tells Eva, they can have a "normal" life. But what Miriam doesn't tell her daughter, or anyone else, is that Eva's stealing scares her for a different reason, one related to a past she has been trying to ignore.

As tensions mount between mother and daughter, it is, oddly enough, Eva's secret frienship with Burl - a reclusive beekeeper who lives down the road - that ultimately helps the two find their way back to each other.

THE HONEY THIEF is a haunting, lyrical novel about the shadow the past casts on the present, the workings of memory and desire, and the healing powers of unexpected friendship.

I REALLY don't want to write a bad review but I just couldn't immerse myself in this tale.

I like a meaty book. Fat, obese, brimming over. This book is like that dusty jar in the back of the cupboard. You twist off the lid, and scraping in frustration, realize there's only enough to cover one quarter of your English Muffin. In addition to the hollow interior, the books plot never progresses. It simply lurches, wobbles and then topples over like a four year old on a bicycle.

THE PLOT: Eva, a Frustrated adolescent kleptomaniac with a mother she can't bond with finds solace with reclusive red bearded beekeeper and eventually restores some sort of relationship with mother. THE END.

I kept hoping something might develop. That a new character would suddenly come stomping out of the woods and knock down all the beehives or the beekeeper would go nuts, rip off his beard and reveal he was an aging 80's pop star or maybe even a UFO would land in their small country town and start abducting the denizens. (Ok, so maybe I've been reading too much Stephen King.) I know it's incredibly hard to come up with clever plot twists but The Honey Thief feels fragmentary. Unbaked. Raw almost. There is a scene about halfway through where Eva is peering into a beehive for the first time and she wants to see something -- to see the queen on her throne, the nurses, the cleaners, the guards and the relatives. Unfortunately, all she saw "was a mess". All she saw was a great swarm of bees: No structure, no uniqueness, no differentiation. And unfortunately, that's what happened when I read the book. I was searching for the same thing Eva was but the story never developed or evolved or led me deeper -- it just ran together in a nebulous haze as if I was looking at it through the scrim of the beekeepers veil.

Finally, I can not and will not condemn Elizabeth Graver's writing style. She is an immensely talented writer. Some of her sentences are simply intoxicating. Some of her analogies shimmer they're written so beautifully. They come every so often and they make you realize why this book exists. If you don't require an intricate plot, abundant suspense or a vast, panoramic journey this book could satisfy you simply on the basis of Graver's prose. Just to clarify, I am not giving Graver 2 stars. I am giving the book 2 stars.
I recommend this book to those who love nature, and the bittersweet nature ofr human experience. Our heroine, Eva, a young girl, troubled in her developmental experience, is a lovable subject.Bees and honey, the contrast between the orderly, self-sacrificial and productive life of bees, and the rich, chaotic, sometimes self-0destructive nature of human existence is well laid out. I loved the heroine's inner life and mild acting out, and here sweet life with Burl, the beekeeper!!. What poetic descriptions of the country, the interaction between pre-teen girl and a mentor, Burl, and (well-done, in the eyes of a retired psychiatrst and psychoanalyst) a tragic bipolar situation with Eva's father.Here mother, Miriam, is a relatively minor figure
This is a quiet book in which to lose oneself. I was immediately caught-up in the mother-daughter relationship, the move upstate, etc. It's character driven [my favorite type of read!], and Graver portrays her characters in a fully nuanced fashion. I felt as if I were a neighbor -- mostly of Burl's [I'm not sure why....] -- probably the bees, honey, nature & the flawed nature of man/mankind/womankind. I just finished this book,and I already miss it, as well the people. Reading this novel helped me to realize how impossibly fast we live in NYC as opposed to life upstate. I've gone upstate so often -- actually seeking a quieter [almost more normal] cadance that life offers. I think that Miriam hoped to find this, as well. I so enjoyed reading about Francis, and Graver csptures his "situation" with authenticity. It is truly an engrossing book, and I recommend this without hesitation. It offers much more than I've written......
The Honey Thief presents a coming of age story of a girl, Eva, on the cusp of adolescence who has recently moved to the New York countryside from the city, in a desperate attempt by her widowed mother to escape a troubling past. The immediate impetus for the move is Eva's series of compulsive thefts. Her mother, Miriam, moves Eva out of the city in an attempt to stop the behavior. For Miriam Eva stealing is much more troubling than just adolescent misbehavior. Why that is is related throughout the book in a series of flashbacks, that tell the story of Eva's parents early relationship and their marriage, before Eva's father's death, several years after her birth. Yet, the country does little to help Eva, and, if anything, her problems worsen. The one mitigating factor for Eva seems to be her introduction to a local beekeeper, who invites Eva to watch and learn about his bees. But through a series of chance encounters the one stable and satisfying part of Eva's life will be endangered too.

Eva's story is an interesting one, and the relationship she develops with Burl the beekeeper is an interesting and nuanced one that Graver develops with skill. Ultimately I found the end of this book much less satisfying than the first 3/4 of the text. The ending was a surprise, but unsatisfying. It's difficult to explain why without giving away the ending, but suffice it to say that I found there to be little resolution for the most sympathetic and interesting character in the book. But up until the end the rest of the text was engaging, full of complicated characters and problems. Eva's family is one in which all members are burdened, both by the past and by illness, and much of Eva and Miriam's tell is really an attempt to deal with these problems. Graver is a good writer, I simply wished she'd handled the ending with more complexity.
I was hoping this book would be good. It wasn't. It was so completely anti-climactic it was ridiculous. I thought it was going to pick up the pace when the story about Eva's father unfolded, but no- it just went through the events and moved on to another pointless chapter. What a let down.

PS: This book has the SAME cover as another book called Three Ages of Women. Weird
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