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Winner of the American Academy’s Rome Prize for fiction, The Boy Who Went Away is Eli Gottlieb’s tender, harrowing coming-of-age novel.

For Denny Graubert, the chaotic summer of 1967—when the screams of napalm bombs on the nightly news drowned the cheers of the All-Star game—brings the painful realization that childhood has passed. While engaging in his favorite domestic spying game, Denny unwittingly discovers the desperate measures his mother will take to save his autistic older brother, Fad, who is lost in the diagnostic Dark Ages of Austism. At the heart of this novel is not only the story of Denny’s coltish entrance to adolescence, but also that of his relationship with Fad, which will be forever changed during the course of that summer. The Boy Who Went Away is the cruelly antic, heartrending story of two childhoods that would, by fall’s arrival, be irretrievably lost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautiful for its compassion and insights.”

    Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

  • “Gottlieb records the utterly confounding and inevitable plunge into adulthood with bold clarity. He depicts the spoken and unspoken language of cruelty and love in a family with confidence and poetry. But he is at his very best in the freshness of his imagery, creating a world so vivid and memorable the reader finds all five senses delightfully engaged in experiencing it.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This intense coming-of-age novel oozes with allusions to late-1960s politics and culture.”


  • “A first novel about dysfunctional family life and coming of age in suburbia that relies on careful writing and a sly wit to distinguish itself from other narratives in this most contemporary of genres…Gottlieb allows his story to find its proper length—which is short—and builds to the right emotional crescendo. A fine little book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Eli Gottlieb is an enthralling stylist whose characters are shockingly, electrically alive.”

    Phillip Lopate, author of Confessions of Summer

  • A New York Times Book Review Book of the Year
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