My Favorite Quotes From… Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb

best boy

Originally published: August 18, 2015

“She was smiling with her teeth but the water was continuing to fall from her eyes and this confused me because the glass all around us was supposed to keep the water out.”

“I was so unhappy that it was raining all the time in my head even in sunshine and where ever I looked all I saw were gray dots of water falling sideways across the view that was how I  began to drown.”

“But even when he wasn’t hitting me with his hands he was hitting me with the way he looked or the words were leaving from his mouth that crossed the air and did the hitting for him.”

“The Encyclopedia has a voice that belongs to a man sitting in a room at a table who wants to calmly talk about every single thing in the world and it calms me to hear that.”

“He always says ‘see you very soon’ but then a long time goes by and everyone forgets and it’s six months later.”

“I don’t like looking people in the eye because it feels like they’re touching my nerves with their actual fingers.”

“Hate binds you more to the other person than anything else in life.”

“I told myself I wasn’t angry and I repeated it several times to be sure.”

“But I like to spend as much time as possible in bathrooms anyways because everything in them is clear and always the same where ever you go and this makes me calm.”

“That’s because when the food came I began eating it and it was very good and could be almost all that was happening to me, as usual.”

“You know, when you’re young everything terrible is far away but the bad thing is looking at you any way even if you can’t see it and it comes towards you slowly and steadily through the years till suddenly it’s in front of you and about to take something away for good.”

“Maybe every time we have a memory of someone gone it’s because they’re yelling something at us that very moment from Death.”


“Sent to a “therapeutic community” for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the “Old Fox” of Payton LivingCenter. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel “normal” again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return “home” to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams. Written astonishingly in the first-person voice of an autistic, adult man, Best Boy—with its unforgettable portraits of Todd’s beloved mother, whose sweet voice still sings from the grave, and a staffer named Raykene, who says that Todd “reflects the beauty of His creation”—is a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget.”

(Via OverDrive)


Fiction, Literature

My rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5/5

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