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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bee Season (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wickett's Remedy (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The False Friend (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Feast Your Eyes (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Comprehension Test (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
That'll Be Two Dollars and Fifty Cents Please (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Catching the Moon (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Publication Order of Anthologies

Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flashed(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Myla Goldberg is a bestselling American writer and musician. She is famous for writing the popular standalone novels Bee Season, THe False Friend, Feast Your Eyes, and Wickett’s Remedy. Additionally, she has a picture book and a nonfiction book to her name as well. Myla was born on November 19, 1971, into a Jewish family. Her parents brought her up in Laurel, Maryland. She completed her schooling from Eleanor Roosevelt High School. After this, Myla joined Oberlin College and obtain a major in English in 1996. Following her graduation, Myla spent one year in Prague, writing and teaching. The experience there provided her the idea of writing the nonfiction book of essays called Time’s Magpie. The book is an exploration of Myla’s favorite places in Prague.

After she left the teaching job, Myla relocated to Brooklyn, New York. She still lives there along with her loving husband named Jason Little and their two daughters. Myla is also an accomplished musician. She can play accordion and banjo and has been a part of an indie rock quartet called The Walking Hellos in Brooklyn. Her achievements in the field of music include performing with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and The Galerkin Method. Formerly, Myla has collaborated with an art collective called Flux Factory in New York. She has even penned song lyrics for a musical group called One Ring Zero. While Myla was in Prague, she completed the first novel of her career called Kirkus. It was a circus troupe from East Europe that gets stuck in the Second World War. When Myla gave it to a literary agent, tried getting it to several publishing houses.

When the novel was not bought by any publisher for 18 months, Myla lost all hopes and began working on her next book, Bee Season. Eventually, Kirkus was shelved. After coming back to Brooklyn, Myla worked in several jobs such and one of them was working on a Stephen King horror film’s production. As Myla was removed from this job, she received the unforeseen benefit of unemployment benefits for 6 months. This proved to be of great help for her in completing Bee Season. In an interview given in 2005, Myla said that she saw the unemployment benefit as a grant. Eventually, Bee Season was published in 2000. It portrayed a family’s breakdown followed by its two kids’ spiritual exploration at the time of a spelling bees series.

The book emerged as a critical and popular success. It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2005. Myla’s debut release was followed by a few short stories that were published in the Eclectic Literary Forum, McSweeney’s, Virgin Fiction, Harpers Magazine, Bookforum, New American Writing, etc. In between, she also started reviewing books for Bookforum and the NY Times. Myla came up with her second book in 2005. It is set during the influenza epidemic of 1918 and is called Wickett’s Remedy. In 2009, she announced her 3rd book and released it in 2010 as False Friend. This novel tells the story of a woman with a jogged memory that causes her to revisit a terrible event that took place when she was young.

A wonderful book written by author Myla Goldberg is entitled ‘Wickett’s Remedy’. It was released in 2005 in the paperback format. Myla has mentioned the main characters in this book as Lydia Kilkenny, Henry Wickett, and a few others. Initially, it is depicted that Lydia Kilkenny is looking forward to moving out of her South Boston neighborhood. She is all set to have an assured future after her marriage to a shy Brahmin from Boston named Henry Wickett, who is all set to start his medical practice. However, Lydia’s expectations don’t come true when Henry declares that he won’t be continuing his medical studies. He enlists Lydia to assist him with inventing a mail-order vaccine named Wickett’s Remedy. Shortly after, the whole of Boston gets swept by an influenza epidemic in 1918. And with her world turned upside down, Lydia must gather the courage to find her way out of the tragedy surrounding her. She goes on to land a nursing job at a medical station on a curious island. This medical station is known to conduct research on humans to find a cure for the disease.

Lydia comes to know that the former business partner of Henry Wickett has stolen the Wickett’s Remedy formula to create a new future for himself. While doing so, he intends to erase everything related to his past so that it cannot come to haunt him later. But, Lydia comes in his way and doesn’t let him succeed. This novel feels alive due to its narrative ingenuity, sorrow, and humor elements. Author Myla’s inspired recreation of the forgotten era reminds us of the value of individual voices in life and history.

Another excellent novel penned by Myla is known as ‘The False Friend’. It was published in 2010 by Doubleday publication. The central characters depicted in this book include Celia, Djuna, Huck, etc. The book opens by depicting that Djuna and Celia are the heads of a mercurial group of girls. They rule over their 3 followers mercilessly. One afternoon, the two friends decide to take a forbidden path and walk home. Djuna disappears mysteriously and is not found anywhere. Twenty years pass by to this incident and Celia did not tell what actually happened on that day. The lie told by her for concealing the misdeed got accepted as the truth. As a result, everyone still thought that Djuna was kidnapped, though neither Djuna nor the kidnapper was found.

Celia goes on to share a successful relationship with her boyfriend named Huck. They also succeed professionally. But, guilt and regret of hiding the truth from everyone leave a void in Celia’s life that threatens to end her relationship with Huck abruptly. Later, Celia moves back to her hometown and confesses the truth. But, her childhood friends and family members do not believe her words. Huck wishes to provide support for her, but he is unable to not think about the things that contradict whatever Celia is telling now. The desperate search of Celia to understand what really happened on that night comes with powerful consequences. This emotionally charged and deeply resonant story explores the adult life of the children and leads the readers to question all those truths that have accepted or rejected, as well as all the lies that they succumb.

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