Eli the Good

Eli the Good In his timely YA debut a best selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war torn family Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky Bob Seger growls from a transisto

  • Title: Eli the Good
  • Author: Silas House
  • ISBN: 9780763643416
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In his timely YA debut, a best selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war torn family.Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky Bob Seger growls from a transistor radio And down by the river, girls line up on lawn chairs in pursuit of the perfect tan Yet for ten year old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 is the one that threatened to teIn his timely YA debut, a best selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war torn family.Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky Bob Seger growls from a transistor radio And down by the river, girls line up on lawn chairs in pursuit of the perfect tan Yet for ten year old Eli Book, the summer of 1976 is the one that threatened to tear his family apart There is his distant mother his traumatized Vietnam vet dad his wild sister his former warprotester aunt and his tough yet troubled best friend, Edie, the only person with whom he can be himself As tempers flare and his father s nightmares rage, Eli watches from the sidelines, but soon even he cannot escape the current of conflict From Silas House comes a tender look at the complexities of childhood and the realities of war a quintessentially Southern novel filled with music, nostalgic detail, a deep respect for nature, and a powerful sense of place.

    Eli the Good House, Silas Books Eli the Good tells the story of a young boy and his family problems The novel chronicles the relationship between Eli and his father Stanton who has ptsd from serving in Vietnam Also as the story progresses, family secrets begin coming to the light. Eli the Good by Silas House Sep , Eli the Good details the story of Eli, a ten year old boy living in the summer of He is observant, curious, and often times ponders his surroundings regardless of Eli the Good eBook House, Silas Kindle Store Mar , Nell nicknames him Eli the Good, and he is He is a decent kid, just trying to understand his family and the world around him He makes mistakes, but he learns from them, and simply wants the best for those he loves House writes beautifully, with a gentle tone He lays out Eli s world in exquisite detail. Eli the Good by Silas House About Eli the Good In his YA debut, a best selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war torn family Available in paperback with a discussion guide For ten year old Eli Book, the summer of is the one that threatened to tear his family apart. Eli the Good by Silas House, Paperback Barnes Noble Feb , In his timely YA debut, a best selling novelist revisits a summer of tumult and truth for a young narrator and his war torn family.Bicentennial fireworks burn the sky Bob Seger growls from a transistor radio And down by the river, girls line up on lawn chairs in pursuit of the Eli the Good IndieBound About the Author Silas House is the nationally best selling author of Eli the Good as well as the award winning novels Clay s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, and The Coal Tattoo He is an associate professor at Berea College and lives in eastern Kentucky Praise For Eli the Good

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    About “Silas House

    • Silas House

      Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of five novels Clay s Quilt, 2001 A Parchment of Leaves, 2003 The Coal Tattoo, 2005 Eli the Good, 2009 and Same Sun Here co authored with Neela Vaswani 2012 as well as a book of creative nonfiction Something s Rising, co authored with Jason Howard, 2009 and three plays The Hurting Part 2005 , This Is My Heart for You 2012 , and In These Fields, with Sam Gleaves, 2016 His work frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon He is former commentator for NPR s All Things Considered His writing has appeared in Oxford American, Narrative, Blackbird, Newsday, as well as in anthologies such as Best Food Writing, 2015 and New Stories From the South, The Year s Best 2004 House serves on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair at Berea College As a music writer House has worked for and with artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, The Judds, Jim James, and many others He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, an EB White Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Jesse Stuart Award, the Lee Smith Award, and many other honors.

    706 thoughts on “Eli the Good

    • Somewhere around 4 5 stars I ll explain I feel a little guilty for the way I treated this book I ve wanted to read it for ages But I keep putting it off, all while hearing great things from people about it Then I read it when I m really in the mood to read something else, distracted and stressed from work I m sorry Eli the Good I did not give you the attention you deserved It took me about halfway through before I pushed through my distractions and really into the story But I honestly don t thin [...]

    • Eli the Good details the story of Eli, a ten year old boy living in the summer of 1976 He is observant, curious, and often times ponders his surroundings regardless of his young age He notices that his family appears to be torn asunder by the consequences of the Vietnam war his dad suffers from terrifying dreams and hallucinations, his sister discovers an unsettling fact about herself, and his estranged aunt suddenly returns to live with them The story shows Eli overcome the obstacles he face an [...]

    • This book encompasses everything about small town Kentucky life in the 1970s, specifically during the summer of the bicentennial, 1976 The details that the author includes smells, textures, sounds, even the brand names that were a part of daily life took me back to my childhood I was not very old in 1976, and I don t actually remember the celebrations This book made me wonder, than any other book I ve ever read, how different my life would have been if my parents had lived to raise me The music [...]

    • This book had all the feels It was about real life, the good, the bad, and the ugly It was about family, blood and people brought together by the fates who become like family It was magical, sweet, and sad It walks you through brokenness, darkness, acceptance, love and healing It was a beautiful read and I can t wait to meet Silas House in a few weeks and thank him for sharing his gift of Eli the Good with all of us.

    • 10 year old Eli, who lives out in the country is finding out that his family has secrets His dad is mentally sick from being in the Vietnam War, his Aunt Nell is an anti war protester and makes it on the news for all to see, his older sister Josie is rebelling against his mother, and his parent s marriage is falling apart The author does a great job of making the audience feel what Eli is feeling I recommend this book to young adults of the high school age I thought it was a good book but it did [...]

    • Generally, it seems pretty easy to determine if a book fits into the YA genre, but Silas House s new novel, Eli the Good, threw me for a loop His writing is carefully crafted to set the tone of any given scene, and the main character, Eli, seems to think in prose I had no idea that this novel was, in fact, House s YA debut until I did a bit of research about the author.The year is 1976, and Eli Book is ten years old With the book told entirely from his perspective, the reader learns first hand w [...]

    • This isn t the type of book I usually read I do like some historical fiction, but the setting of this one is fairly recent To be honest, I almost gave up after 75 pages or so I m used to books having plot, with a beginning, a middle, and an end But I found that I didn t really want to give up on this one, since I d been drawn in by the characters I think that s actually the point here Eli the Good has some nice themes, and the excellent characterization held my interest and conveyed those theme [...]

    • The summer that I was ten Can it be there was only onesummer that I was ten It must have been a long long one then May Swenson The Centaur as qtd in House s Eli The Good I loved this quotation from the get go and have since re read Swenson s poems with a new eye because of this book Silas House gained famed through his book Clay s Quilt, a book I need to by God go back and read But this book captured me on a deep level I m still picking my way through Our anti hero Eli is 10 as the book opens, a [...]

    • I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author, with his soft, slow Appalachian drawl The book is flawless, it is descriptive without being effusive, and carries the reader along it s narrative stream like a floating leaf on a lazy summer afternoon The protagonist, ten year old Eli Book, has an old soul He observes his family, friends, and nature with full awareness, and has understanding beyond his years The story takes place during the summer of the bicentennial, when Eli s Aunt Nell comes [...]

    • Places exist in this world that hold a sense of power and wonder over the people who love them The town of Refuge, the setting of The Book of Eli by Silas House, is such a place In the summer of 1976, Eli Book ages well beyond his actual time on earth He may be 10 years old, but by the end of the summer, he is an old ten year old Eli spends his summer struggling with a father who suffers from the aftershocks of fighting in Vietnam, a 16 year old sister who is rebelling, and a best friend who has [...]

    • ELI THE GOOD is one of those stories where setting place and especially time takes center stage The year is 1976 a year I remember for our town s bicentennial parade and because I spent most of it angry that I wasn t allowed to ride my bike to the park alone Eli remembers it as the year things fell apart in his family with a wild spirited aunt who shows up with a secret, a mouthy, strong willed sister who comes to blows with their mother, and a father who is trapped in his memories of Vietnam It [...]

    • Since that night I have come to understand that sometimes the best families of all are those we create ourselves, the people we choose to be with This tale is one of family, love, and war Ten year old Eli spends his summer learning what it means to have a father who fought in the Vietnam war He learns that not everyone supported the war, and this very thing seems to threaten to tear his family apart This coming of age novel perfectly captures the American South in the 70 s, while also showing us [...]

    • Eli, a country boy in Kentucky, turns 10 over the summer of 1976, the summer of America s bicentennial celebrations Eli spends time riding bikes with his best friend Edie, reading The Diary of Ann Frank and writing in his journal His aunt Nell a war protester during the 1960s has come to live with them bringing her large record collection and his 16 year old sister Josie is always mad and fighting Eli s father is having nightmares about Vietnam and is a quiet shadow in the family when he is not [...]

    • Wow this story transports you to the summer of 1976, cicadas and Bob Seger singing in the sultry Southern air, and to 10 year old Eli s troubled but beautiful family I was exactly 10 years old in the summer of 1976, too, so I loved reading about the Bicentennial and the 70s music and pop culture Eli observes everything his sister s anger, his aunt Nell s wild and wandering spirit, his father s post traumatic stress from Vietnam, and his mother s transcendent beauty Eli tries to find his way in t [...]

    • Eli the Good was recommended by my friend, Tenille I really connected with Eli in this book mainly because I was about Eli s age in 1976e time period when the story takes place I had an uncle that was a POW of the Vietnam War I do not recall how this affected his life when he returnedI know I was sheltered from this by my mother She would have never wanted my sister and I to deal with pain and mental damage my uncle suffered This book reminded me of the book, Darby characters lived out in the co [...]

    • A sweet nostalgic novel set in Kentucky but pretty much could be anywhere in the Midwest South where summers are steamy and humid.Eli is 10 year old boy who spends a summer finding out what happened to father during the Vietnam War and how not be the best friend in the world to another kid Characters are rich and real, I m usually not a fan of nostalgic writing or looking back booksbut Silas House has written this story so fine, I didn t mind the non present day look In fact, it was set similarl [...]

    • This was the first I ve read of Silas House after hearing many of my friends and colleagues speak well of his writing I was between 4 5 stars so I left it at 4 because the conflict in the book was not deeply drawn out because I believe I ve also heard this book was intended for a YA audience I realized as I was listening to it that I was also ten years old in 1976 so everything hit me right where I lived as well The music, the memories, and I grew up in the country I didn t have a favorite tree [...]

    • Knowing this book was a YA title, I was comletely taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed it Silas House has written this story in such a way that anyone young and old alike will become absorbed and fall in love with all the characters With his usual southern charm, he puts you there beside Eli and lets you live his life with him, gently and lovingly carrying you through an innocent yet somewhat troubled summer weaving in family issues we most likely can all relate to I found it to be a beautifu [...]

    • I wanted to like it, but the time and place are too close to my own growing up, and every time he mentions a song that played on the radio, I can tell if he s right or not Maybe I m too hypercritical to read this the way young people would When I got to a line in a Nam flashback where the author mentions Constantino wire meaning concertina wire, I put it away and almost didn t finish The scenes in which Eli goes off and stares at Nature are just boring.Apparently this is based on a true story, w [...]

    • This book reminds me of that movie My Girl in the sense of the era it was set in, and the boy girl best friends the story was ok, not very strong however I can t believe this was the library s chosen read for the book club, what are we 10 This is a good read for my eight year old, not a 30 something year old.

    • Finally read it after Jill recommended What was I waiting for I loved it absolutely gorgeous coming of age story I bought it on Kindle, but feel like I might need a paper copy so I can underline, with a real pencil not just a cursor, some luscious prose When you read something this lovely it makes it harder to slog through the regular stuff.

    • Very poignant read on quite an intense and controversial topic Vietnam It s interesting to see this topic explored by a child who is it experiencing the effects of a father affected by his time in Vietnam I loved the perspective of the child and the exploration of both sides of the issue.

    • This was a beautifully written book Eli is so real I wanted to reach through the pages and scoop him up and hug him It tugged at my heart, but didn t leave me feeling overwhelmed or morose I appreciated that.

    • El Leonard wrote If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it Silas House never sounds like he s writing He makes sure that he doesn t get in the way of his story This is one of the things that made Eli the Good such a pleasure to read.

    • I could very easily imagine this book as a play The dialogue was very theatrical, and the scenes seemed to flow in that way.

    • Really this is a 3 1 2 A YA coming of age story set in the summer of 1976 about a thoughtful young boy living in small town KY It s a book about how his father s time in Vietnam affected his family years later Lots of great writing It was sluggish in the middle Silas house is a favorite of mine If you want to read a great new Appalachian author, check him out Clays Quilt and Parchment of Leaves are my favorites.

    • Silas House is one of my favorite authors He can weave a story that leaves you mesmerized and wanting aracters and settings so life like, you feel part of the story and landscape I liken House unto Pat Conroy, only not as intense and deep.

    • Had I known about this book when I was young I would ve read it over and over again Reminded me of Judy Blume, Paula Danzinger, Beverly Clearly.l the old greats.

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