With a video camera in his hand and the haunting images in his head of a friend being pulled from an icy river, Eli sets off to film a documentary and, in the process, unearths harrowing truths about life in a small town.
Eli wakes every morning and sees stories. He can’t help it.
Eli is just an 18-year-old with tree-bark eyes who is trying to make sense of a few things: a sister who cries herself to sleep most every night because of past abuse, a father who drinks until he cannot see straight, and a mother who has a strong spirit but a frail body. But when he witnesses the Millbury police pull the bloated body of a classmate from the Brandywine river, Eli changes. Gets spooked. He takes a video camera and begins to interview the people in his small town that have been close to death.
This is how Eli becomes a storyteller. The stories that he films and pens down in a leather-bound journal claw close to his heart. The stories speak to him in the black of night, and the reader is invited to follow him along in this journey.
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Published July 5, 2012
Literature & Fiction.