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Eli the Good Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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Eli Book is a ten year old boy, living like most children of the 1970s - riding his bicycle all over town, splashing in the town creek and enjoying hot summer days with his best friend Edie. This is really the coming of age story of how Eli deals with the overwhelming situations of strife in his young life.
Eli has undying love for his parents, Loretta and Stanton Book, but his growing curiosity of the secrets they both carry is threatening to eat him alive. Eli feels jealousy of his mother's unconditional love for his father - he wants to be the number one love of her life. Eli is filled with uncertainty and longing to understand his father's past as a Vietnam veteran and the nightmares that consume his dreams.
There is also underlying tension from Eli's sister, Josie, as she comes to grips with the fact that her mother was pregnant with her before Loretta and Stanton were married - she is not Stanton's biological daughter, but he has raised her as such. Then there is Stanton's way-ward, wildflower of a sister, Nell, who comes to live with the family for the summer. Stanton has unresolved feelings for his little sister because he feels betrayed that she was a war protester.
And then there is Edie, the sweet little girl from next door who has been Eli's best friend and confidante. Their friendship is pure and an accurate portrayal of childhood innocence of past decades.Read more ›
As a character-driven story, it works quite well. If you require the stories you read to have well-defined beginnings, middles, and ends, you may be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good story. The descriptions of nature and the natural world are exceptional. A great story of a ten year old boy coming of age and his place in his family which includes a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim Moore
One of the best books I have read. Silas House took me back to that summer when I was 13, and made me remember the sights, sounds and smells of my Kentucky childhood. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeff Carroll
Very evocative book about an era in which I grew up - highly recommend it!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read - I have shared it with two friends who also enjoyed it :)Published 17 months ago by Lynda L. Wright