Bells for Eli
By Susan Beckham Zurenda
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A memorable, atmospheric novel of love, friendship, and bonds that surpass all reason. --Kristina McMorris, New York Times best-selling author of SOLD ON A MONDAY
First cousins Eli Winfield and Delia Green grow up across the street from one another in Green Branch, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 70s. After Eli's tragic childhood accident the trajectory of their lives and of those connected to them changes. Shunned by his peers for his disfigurement, Eli struggles for acceptance as Delia devotes herself to defending him. Delia's vivid narrative voice presents Eli as a confident young man in adolescence, the visible damage to his body gone, but underneath hides indelible wounds that rule his impulses. And while Eli cherishes Delia more than anyone and attempts to protect her from her own troubles, he cares not for protecting himself. In this compelling coming of age story, two young people unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately
“It’s only in our weakest moments that we find out what strengths we have, and in Eli and Delila’s tale, family and loyalty are the motivation to persevere and overcome major obstacles.”
Deep South Magazine (Bells for Eli chosen as one of 11 spring 2020 reading picks.)
“The novel’s sensitive but grounded voice seamlessly integrates Gothic elements, the cousins’ emotional arcs, and the shifting cultural landscape. Insightful and assured, Zurenda’s haunting coming-of-age story should appeal to fans of nuanced and atmospheric Southern fiction.” Publisher’s Weekly