I’ve seen Eli the Good by Silas House (one of Kentucky’s finest contemporary authors) marketed as a young adult book, but after reading it, I’m not sure why. Unless it’s simply because Eli is young. I’ll just recommend it to young and older adults and let you all decide for yourselves who likes it more.
Also, don’t forget, it takes place in 1976. House fills the book with references to music, clothing, movies, even brand name foods that were popular then. For today’s young adults, this is historical fiction. For many adult readers, this is a stroll down memory lane.
House is an award-winning writer for good reason. The prose is gorgeous. Eli is a sweet protagonist, and you can’t help but hope that in a family this full of love, the problems will somehow sort themselves out.