"At eleven years old, Eliza Naumann is shaping up to be unremarkable, the one overlooked member of her gifted family. Miriam, her mother, is a lawyer; her father, Saul, is absorbed in his study of mysticism; her overachieving brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions. But when Eliza discovers an aptitude for competitive spelling, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. When Eliza's talent is exposed, Saul ushers her into his hallowed study and lavishes upon her the attention previously reserved for her brother. Stunned by his father's defection, Aaron embarks on a confusing, and often comical, religious quest. And when the unveiling of Miriam's secret life triggers an almighty explosion, it is Eliza who must order the chaos. Not just a coming-of-age story, Myla Goldberg's first novel poignantly examines the unravelling fabric of one family." -- Jacket.
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