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Eli the Good by Silas House

Eli the Good

by Silas House

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I really enjoy reading Silas House because he immediately transports me to beautiful times and places. It is no different with this novel, set in the Summer of '76. Eli has a tremendous story to tell, and the plot and subplot are rich and believable. The three star rating is for the author's excessive overuse of the word, "gloaming." Once is enough, and you should probably be James Still, Lee Smith, or maybe Ron Rash. This was a beautiful, tender coming-of-age story. There is also a lot to be appreciated about incorporation of various narrative techniques and shifts in POV, especially nice was the use of letters home from Vietnam from Eli's father to his mother. ( )
  MsKathleen | Jan 29, 2018 |
This is wonderful story in the tradition of "To Kill a Mockingbird," in that it has a reflective narrator looking back on childhood and using that child's voice to carry us through the story. Eli Book is 10-years-old during the summer of our country's bicentennial (1976) in the fictional rural town of Refuge somewhere in the Appalachian region. Eli begins the story by admitting it was the summer of great transgression of his, and this launches us into a tumultuous story about family, beliefs, tradition, coming-of-age, and friendship,
  JBaillargeon | Jul 13, 2016 |
Narrated by the author. House’s low, intimate Southern-accented voice suits the narrator’s recounting of memories and the evocative prose; there’s a feeling that he’s looking back, older, wiser, and sadder. His tone hints at the tragedies to come. You also feel the heat and slow pace of a Southern summer.
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  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
The summer of 1976 was memorable for Eli Book. Not only was it the country's bicentennial, but it was also the summer that his world exploded with secrets. Eli's dad is a Vietnam veteran and suffers from nightmares, hallucinations, and lack of respect from his fellow countrymen. To make matters worse, his sister is a famous anti-war protester, although she says she did it for him. Now she's come to live with them. Eli's sister, Josie is on the verge of rebellion against her family. Long adored by her father, she now grows distant from him and challenges her mother. Eli's best friend, Edie is going through some drama of her own. Through it all, Elis remains connected to the ones he loves, and to the nature that surrounds him. Told through Eli's voice, though from the distance of adulthood, Eli the Good is an unforgettable memoir-like novel. Stunning in its literary style, and compelling in its family drama, you will not be able to put this down. Have a box of tissues on hand. ( )
  wscalfaro | Aug 6, 2014 |
Great read, book is about boy that learns more about his family and friends. ( )
  AFichter | Sep 11, 2013 |
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In the summer of 1976, ten-year-old Eli Book's excitement over Bicentennial celebrations is tempered by his father's flashbacks to the Vietnam War and other family problems, as well as concern about his tough but troubled best friend, Edie.

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