When an envelope arrives in the mail filled with letters of acceptance, congratulations, and salutations from Laurelton University, Joshua Clafston is transformed from someone quite ordinary into a blossoming prodigy. Now no longer a boy or even an adolescent, Josh finally takes the first step on the irrevocable road to manhood.
After he embarks on his journey into the unique, uncensored world of higher education, Josh is soon immersed in the uncertainties, angst, and exhilaration that accompany his academic demands and social obligations. While learning how to negotiate the line between pretension and maturity, he obtains sage advice on what to do when life does not turn out according to plan. Josh's fellow students, who are intellectually curious, playful, politically active, and eccentric, help to shape his ideas, hopes, and perspectives on life. As Josh searches for grounding and truth in his Ivy League education, he grows and changes through experiences that include losing his innocence, discovering the steadfastness of true friendship, and realizing the limits of love.
Eli's Children weaves together a tapestry of inspiration, purpose, friendship, justice, love, tolerance, and betrayal as a college student attempts to answer the age-old questions of life and learns to embrace the notion of love.
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Far from a typical coming-of-age-novel. Eli’s Children tells the story of attaining maturity of outlook from influences both momentous and trivial, from experiences both noble and base. Author Gerard G. Nahum successfully carries off the difficult trick of juxtaposing rollicking hilarity with thoughtful, even philosophical, introspection and rendering from it a seamless and compelling narrative. Unique among novels tracking the journey from late adolescence to adulthood, the book stands unmistakably as a period piece, yet without once resorting to an overt cultural or generational reference point. For all that, it tells a story clearly of the pre-internet age, a setting in time established by what is not said, rather than by what is. Graduates and, very likely, current undergraduates of a particular 4-year liberal arts college in New England will find the institutions, traditions and landscape of “Laurelton College” to be quite familiar. A splendid read, at once both hilarious and moving. Well done, Dr. Nahum.