Brother Eli is a mountain of a man, bald of his free will, in the thrall of a gargantuan appetite. His robe is stained, his classes are demanding, his attitude cynical, and his breath sour. He smokes, drinks, fights against the forces of darkness—parents and school administrators. He does not lack for opponents in the Church, his family, the student body, or his order—the Most Holy Family. Now, even that war in Vietnam is coming close to home and school.
Joseph Di Prisco lives in Northern California, with his wife, photographer Patricia James. He published three previous novels (including the recent, well-acclaimed All for Now) and two books of poems. Joe’s poetry has won several prizes, and his book reviews, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous periodicals. He is co-author of two popular non-fiction books on adolescence and child development. His forthcoming book is a murder mystery, Revelation.
“Brother Eli himself is the main triumph of this engaging novel....You will never forget him.”
— Cornelia Nixon, Author of Now You See It and Angels Go Naked
Publication Date: November 1, 2000