, by Silas House

Published by Candlewick Press

This powerful novel takes place during the summer of America’s Bicentennial and is narrated by Eli Book, the child of a Vietnam veteran coming to terms with having fought in the war. Eli, an unforgettable character, is a persistent eavesdropper, and he pieces together his parents’ beautiful love story and details of his family’s wider history. Eli’s whole world is changed by the arrival of his wild aunt Nell, a restless spirit who comes home under mysterious circumstances, and by the mind-broadening conversations he has with his best friend Edie, who lives next door.

ELI THE GOOD is an evocative and moving look at a family on the verge of turmoil whose love for one another saves them.

The NCV Foundation selected ELI THE GOOD for its lyric storytelling and historical perspective.  A wonderful and enlightening read for both Young Adult and Adult readers, ELI THE GOOD makes a vital contribution to American literature in a unique and heartfelt voice.

National Bestselling author Silas House is the Storyline Award recipient and student submission judge for 2009. He is a writer, educator, activist, musician, and the author of four novels:
Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2002), The Coal Tattoo (2004), Eli the Good (2009), and the play The Hurting Part (2005). His writing has been widely acclaimed and is known for its keen insights into the natural world and human nature. His work has received two Kentucky Novel of the Year Awards, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Appalachian Book of the Year Award , the Chaffin Award, and many other honors.

He serves as writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, where he directs the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. He is on faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Writing program.

House is also an avid environmental and cultural activist. He co-edited Something’s Rising, a collection of oral histories on mountaintop removal mining, and is a member of the band Public Outcry, a group of writers and activists who visit universities to educate people about brutal mining practices. He was recently commissioned to write a play for the Lexington Theatre Guild and is currently working on his fifth novel. He lives in Eastern Kentucky, where he was born and raised.

We thank Mr. House for his many contributions and for championing literacy and storytelling.

For more information on Silas House, please visit: silashouse.net

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