The Honey Thief

The Honey Thief

Elizabeth Graver / Dec 14, 2019

The Honey Thief Elizabeth Graver s first novel Unravelling was hailed on publication as exceptional The New York Times Book Review a pleasure The New Yorker and exquisitely poignant and sensual The Boston Globe

  • Title: The Honey Thief
  • Author: Elizabeth Graver
  • ISBN: 9780156013901
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elizabeth Graver s first novel, Unravelling, was hailed on publication as exceptional The New York Times Book Review , a pleasure The New Yorker , and exquisitely poignant and sensual The Boston Globe 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 timElizabeth Graver s first novel, Unravelling, was hailed on publication as exceptional The New York Times Book Review , a pleasure The New Yorker , and exquisitely poignant and sensual The Boston Globe 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 There, she hopes, they can have the normal life she longs for But Miriam is bound by a past she is trying to forget, and tensions escalate It is only when Eva meets a reclusive beekeeper that she and her mother can find their way back to each other, and can begin life with renewed promise A haunting novel of memory and desire, The Honey Thief reveals the healing power of friendship and the ineradicable bonds of mother and child.

    The Honey Thief Elizabeth Graver 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. The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari Jan , Community Reviews The Honey Thief is one part history book, one part folk stories, and one part cookbook That part surprised me And made me hungry I m a huge fan of Indian food, and these recipes are somewhat similar The history is fascinating, The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver Aug , Elizabeth Graver, The Honey Thief Hyperion, There is quite a difference between the novel where nothing happens at all and the minimal novel, where small things happen, but due to the lack of bigger things happening around them, the small things take on a significance they would not otherwise normally have. The Honey Thief Bakery Home Facebook Today I tried out The Honey Thief Bakery, and I am bitterly dissatisfied Got back to work, ready to dig into my lovely smoked salmon bagelonly to almost chip my bloody teeth on the little rock I mistook for a bagel in your store. The Honey Thief Bakery The Honey Thief Bakery is a family run business opening in December We specialise in naturally leavened, sourdough bread We start with organic, stoneground flour, water and salt, that s it The Honey Thief by Elizabeth Graver, Paperback Barnes THE HONEY THIEF is a good read Mother and daughter experience painful growth spurts which eventually foster a coping relationship between them In Judy Blume fashion, Elizabeth Graver perfectly captures the horribleness of puberty crazy thoughts, unexplainable acts, and screaming, rude behavior. The Honey Thief Discussion Questions Book Review Book The Honey Thief Elizabeth Graver, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pp ISBN In Brief Elizabeth Graver s first novel, Unravelling, was hailed on publication as exceptional New York Times Book Review , a pleasure New Yorker , and exquisitely poignant and sensual Boston Globe.Now, in her second novel, she proves herself to be a major voice in American fiction. The Honey Thief Beer Williams Bros Brewing Co. From the drinkers of The Honey Thief Had this a couple of times now, fantastic stuff, the fruity flavours come through but are no way overpowering Sleek big cat, bible black honeysuckle I would never deny. THE HONEY THIEF Home Plant based X Honey, a look at pollination services provided by Apis mellifera the Honeybee and why its so important to the plant based diet Read it here The Eucalyptus marginata is a Western Australian tree known for producing rich, flavoursome honey with antibacterial properties. The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari, Robert Hillman About The Honey Thief This enchanting novel of interwoven legends burns with both gentle intelligence and human warmth This extraordinary book, derived from the long oral tradition of storytelling in Afghanistan, presents a mesmerizing portrait of a people who triumph with intelligence and humor over the oppressions of political dictators and an unforgiving landscape.

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        facebook elizabethgraverauthorelizabethgraver 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 The novel was one of ten works of fiction selected for the long list for the 2013 National Book Award in Fiction and received glowing reviews from the New York Times where it was an Editors Pick , Seattle Times, Boston Globe, Kirkus, and Real Simple It comes out in paperback and as an audiobook in April, 2014 and is forthcoming in a German edition Elizabeth Graver is the author of three other novels Awake, The Honey Thief, and Unravelling Her short story collection, Have You Seen Me , won the 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Her work has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 1991, 2001 Prize Stories The O Henry Awards 1994, 1996, 2001 , The Pushcart Prize Anthology 2001 , and Best American Essays 1998 Her story The Mourning Door was award the Cohen Prize from Ploughshares Magazine The mother of two daughters, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Boston College.


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    1. The good thing with Elizabeth Graver is that her writing seems to carry a natural ease. I didn't have a lot of trouble accessing the story. Though there were lapses here and there. But the bad thing about the honey thief is this, (just what I felt - is that it leans too much towards the aspects of what ails her characters rather than how the same characters deal with what ails them. I don't know if that makes sense. But there seems to be so much hesitation in her characters to reveal themselves. [...]


    2. This was a 4 star book for me until the end. It left too many loose ends & there were too many things left unaddressed. Was Eva sick or not? Sure as hell seemed that way to me, but then Burl seems to try & convince Miriam that she's not (which is exactly what she'd want to hear.) The masterbation scene was totally unnecessary. The dinner with the guy Miriam's dating was pointless. The way Miriam told Eva the truth about her dad's death was awful, and not realistic. I don't need a neat &a [...]


    3. I finished The Honey Thief feeling sadness and appreciation for the complex and painful depiction of difficult life circumstances. It is hard to fully embrace any of the deeply flawed characters. At times, the child Eva transcends into the sole adult while her mother, Miriam, and her friend Burl appear stuck in an underdeveloped state. The tropes of friendship, control, and escapism shine through in often overlapping and even sometimes contradictory ways. I enjoyed the author's use of flashback [...]


    4. This is one of those books where I think "people can't be this upset all the time! Can they?" The book follows Miriam and her daughter Eva. Eva is 12 and has started shoplifting. In order to make a change, they move from the big city to a small farm in upstate New York. There Eva meets a reclusive beekeeper named Burl and after stealing some honey from him, returns to become his protegee. And the three characters work on healing.Kind of.In fact, it's one of those books that is full of flowing la [...]


    5. started off promisingly, a widow decides to move out of New York City in order to make a better life for her young daughter. the neighborhood they're living in is changing (crime, drugs) and so is 11 year old Eva who has begun shoplifting and acting out. Miriam, the mom, thinks a move to upstate NY is the way to change the course of their lives. life, as we know, isn't as simple as that's summer so school is out, Miriam doesn't have the money to send Eva to camp, there are no other children near [...]


    6. Focuses on three characters: a mother (Miriam) and her kleptomaniac daughter (Eva) who move into the countryside away from New York, and a beekeeper whom the daughter befriends. The mother is somewhat overprotective of the daughter, but Eva is the one in the novel who shows some true strength, almost at times taking care of her mother. Eva's father, diagnosed with depression, died when she was 6 (view spoiler)[ by committing suicide (hide spoiler)]; this event casts a pall over their lives subse [...]


    7. This book fell short for me. There was so much left unsaid and so many possibilities that were ignored.The book is about Eva, an adolescent girl who grew up in New York City, but moved to the country with her mother after a bout of petty thefts for a change in scenery. Eva meets Burl, a honey bee farmer and develops a bit of a friendship with the man, as he teaches her about bees and provides a companion to her when she's alone.We learn about Eva and her father's bipolar diagnosis. We learn abou [...]


    8. This book is ok, just ok. Sort of veers between different people and sometimes I have to figure out who I am now reading about and think about ok, what was this about again?It's sort of a set of stories in a way. It's the story of Eva's (main character) parents, how they met, how her father went crazy, how her father died. A back story.Then it's the story of Eva and her stealing and how she and her mother moved out of the City and into the country. It's the story of how Eva befriended a bee keep [...]


    9. I feel like this book had so much potential and this author had a really great story to tellbut, she didn't quite tell it. I reached the end of the book and had to sit back and think about the story (not a bad thing). the problem with this is that there was no resolution. Sure, the main character had a problem and then she overcame it, but the reader was not part of this transformation. I feel like the author had all of the strings to this plot tightly in her hands, but she never found the right [...]


    10. Miriam hopes that her move to the Finger Lakes area of New York will be a fresh start for her daughter, Eva who keeps shoplifting in NYC. She is a widow, and anxious about her daughter making friends and fitting in before school starts in the fall. Eva does make friends with a local beekeeper. The back story comes out of her father's illness and death, and then a crisis occurs with the beekeeper. I like the way Elizabeth draws her characters, but the ending was confusing.


    11. Gentle, wistful, and loving are the the words that come to mind when I think of this book. Each character is flawed, as is the book in minor ways. The story telling draws you into the characters and the characters draw you into their stories. Some reviews are harsh, but for me, the languishing beauty of the countryside, and the metaphor of the honey and bees as life in its conflicts and love is appealing.


    12. This book captures very well the push and pull between mother and daughter that happens at adolescence, as well as the confusion and emotion that come from growing up with a single mother. Touching and believable, these characters fully come to life, and the story is vivid, certain, and well-told. Highly recommended.


    13. A beautiful, well written, coming-of-age novel. I wish that the ending left a little less to the imagination, not much is resolved (although, now I suppose I can imagine my own ending for Eva, Miriam, and Burl). Aside from that, I very much enjoyed this detail-filled, child-like story.



    14. This novel was a bitter-sweet and easy read. Nothing remarkably original or earth-shatteringly profound, but honest and beautifully drawn as a portrait of a [by definition:] complex mother-daughter relationship.The character of Burl was actually the one whom I found most intriguing, particularly because it's not clear what shape his future will take, if he has in his grasp the possibility of a future of something more than alone-ness [not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but clearly, he seems [...]


    15. Elizabeth Graver, The Honey Thief (Hyperion, 1999)There is quite a difference between the novel where nothing happens at all and the minimal novel, where small things happen, but due to the lack of bigger things happening around them, the small things take on a significance they would not otherwise normally have. There are far too many examples of the former type to list; Elizabeth Graver's fine novel The Honey Thief is an excellent example of the latter.Sick of New York City, widowed paralegal [...]


    16. This book started out very slowly. I find myself having trouble picking it up for a while. It wasn't until about page 140 that I actually started wanting to read it. Having said that, the second half of the book makes up for the time lost and I was captivated for the rest of the novel. The story is about a young girl, Eva, on the verge of her teenage years who is very distanced from her mother. Miriam, her mother, is concerned about Eva's behavior. Her daughter had been caught several times shop [...]


    17. This book took a while to get into and was very slow at first. I did like the character of Eva, though I do not feel many of the other characters in the book were developed enough. I liked Burl also, though I was disappointed when he was not able to get together with Alice. As a reader, I really wanted him to be happy. What I liked most about the book were the flashbacks to Miriam and Francis. I liked the backstory, of how they developed their life together, and of how he progressively got worse [...]


    18. I was disappointed with this book. I picked it up because one of the blurbs about it said it was like The Secret Life of Bees. Well, it fell short for me. I just didn't relate to any of the characters including the 11 year old child EvaI know it's bad when you don't really care for a child in a book but hey, that's the way it was! Basic premise; Eva and her mother Miriam moved to a small town from New York City after Eva was caught shoplifting one too many times. Miriam found a job and Eva found [...]


    19. I felt that this book was just alright, I would like to give this book a 2 1/2. Nothing really awful to saw about it, yet nothing really great to say about it either. When the plot of a novel is slow (like this one), I expect greater character development and emotions. Instead I just felt passive towards all the characters. I did not understand Burl's role in this book. Was he supposed to bring them (mother-daughter) closer together, help Eva with her stealing, teach her life lessons or what? I [...]


    20. A flighty tale of yearning as Eva is displaced from New York city to a small town in the country. Eva knows the move is probably her fault and for her benefit. She had sticky fingers and her mother worried over her shoplifting and thought a fresh start in a new place would be just the thing.Why then, is Eva's mother, Miriam adjusting better, making friends and going out on dates while Eva is stuck home all summer with a babysitter that sleeps the day away? Eva tries to make her way and keep her [...]


    21. The Honey Thief is a cute little book, one of those easy and fresh books that would have made a great summer read. Our omniscient narrator switches between three perspectives: that of eleven year old Eva, her mother Miriam, and the beekeeper Burl. When Eva's shoplifting starts to become habit, Miriam whisks her away to the countryside, hoping that a change of scenery will prevent Eva from making such bad choices. Eva resents being left alone in the big country farmhouse while Miriam is at work, [...]


    22. Well's over. I wanted to like this story, but I just couldn't get lost in this world. I picked this up at library book sale as I was charmed by the rustic cover and title. Initially, I thought Graver would be Kingsolver-esque. A little scientific knowledge along with some strong character development. However, as I soon discovered this wasn't the case. I couldn't invest in these characters long enough to care for them. There was so much misery that it just became a slog from the beginning to the [...]


    23. A beautiful little book about family, memory and the destructive power of secrets. Eva, whose father died when she was young, starts shoplifting when she hits adolescence, and her mother, Miriam, decides the best course is to leave New York for someplace smaller and quieter. Eva befriends a bachelor beekeeper in her new home, and is drawn to the reliably ordered domesticity of the bees. But she longs for her old life, and for certainty. Miriam finds old questions replaced by new, just as troubli [...]


    24. Kind of depressing story about how mental illness affects loved ones but overall a story about how people relate to one another.I totally agree with this review; This was a 4 star book for me until the end. It left too many loose ends & there were too many things left unaddressed. Was Eva sick or not? Sure as hell seemed that way to me, but then Burl seems to try & convince Miriam that she's not (which is exactly what she'd want to hear.) The masterbation scene was totally unnecessary. T [...]


    25. Rarely am I captivated by a mother/daughter story, and this book is one of the exceptions. I don't know if it is because the book features bees and honey, themes that have been favorites since reading one sentence about Yemeni honey in Motoring With Mohammed years ago, or because Elizabeth Graver is so skilled at telling a mother/daughter story without being overly sentimental. The sticky sweet honey is the only thing sticky sweet in the story. [return][return]This is also a story of mental illn [...]


    26. Eva, how you remind me of myself, taking off down the road wanting to escape. Escape from what? Not sure, but the road looked tempting. The NY Times Book Review said, simply, "Exceptional", and I have to agree. This book was as light as the golden hue of honey, and as heavy as a warm jar filled with the amber liquid. I was immediately drawn in over the first ten pages and could not place this book down. Eva, 11 years old, born and raised in NYC. She bottles everything up inside and acts out one [...]


    27. This is one of those books that I enjoyed while reading, but then didn't really care for the ending all that much. I finished it 3 days ago and just this morning was thinking about it and couldn't even recall the ending. To me the method of how a story is wrapped up is as important of how the story is told during the meatier parts. I had this book in my book stash and don't remember buying it, but as it is 12 years old and had the name and date of the bookstore where purchased I realized I've ha [...]


    28. After her husband dies of medically related complications (he took too many Lithium pills and his heart stopped but no one knows if this was suicide or accidental overdose), she discovers disturbing traits in her daughter. Moving to the country will solve everything—or will it? Ms. Graver makes her characters’s internal monologues utterly convincing, whether she’s dictating the worries of a young mother, the anger of a rebellious girl or the melancholy of a fortyish farmer. All are sufferi [...]


    29. I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars, but am willing to give it 4. I was a trifle unsatisfied with the ending as there were simply too many possible outcomes. Otherwise there was a gentleness about The Honey Thief despite the undercurrent of tension and despondency. The characters of Burl and Eva were well portrayed, although the author could have provided a little more detail concerning Burl's background. It is a vividly detailed story about the strength of the human spirit, the power of fri [...]


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