Told through the eyes and experience of Brother August, The Great Days is a disturbing tale of megalomania and submission that takes place as a spiritual community in the sparse Arizona desert prepares for the great days, a period of enlightenment, to arrive. When Papa, the cult leader, takes a ten-year-old girl, Melody, as his fifth and final wife, some followers resist. But a supreme being cannot accept doubt from his disciples, and resisters are redirected into compliance.
As Papa's chief aid and spiritual interpreter, Brother August's loyalty to Papa's vision is taken for granted. But August's love for Melody and her mother jolts him from the intoxicating spell of Papa's power, and soon, August's awakening edges this fragile cult to a ferocious breaking point.
About the Author
Eli Brown lives in Oakland, CA. This is his first novel.
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"With The Great Days Eli Brown accomplishes what many writers strive for their entire careers: he has written a deeply-moving and cataclysmic exploration of a character finding his true self. In carefully nuanced and artistic prose, Brown deftly reveals how growth and understanding come with a deep and personal price. The Great Days is a masterful novel that deserves to be a classic."--(Leonard Chang, author of Crossings)
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Bold and beautiful, harsh and haunting, The Great Days is the compelling story of August, the heir-apparent to a religious cult as he struggles to find his own will and truth. The reader accompanies August on his poignant and painful journey towards self discovery. The stark beauty of the story¿s desert setting is matched by Brown¿s breathtaking descriptions and glimpses into moments of emotional and ethical clarity for August. With stunning imagery, a gripping pace and a powerful plot, Brown urges us all to examine the use and abuse of persuasion in our world and the integrity of our own response in our daily lives.