This is the first Silas House novel I've read, and I found this book to be particularly enchanting. Never before have I found someone to detail the sensibilities of a child in a family that so closely reminded me of many scenes from my own childhood. I kept having flashbacks to places in my past where I made sense of myself in the quiet moments of life happening around me. Which is what Eli tells of the summer of 1976 when his family breaks apart and comes together again. The themes of nature and war, family and love, loneliness and longing, fill these pages with a quiet wonder.