Eli Harpo’s Adventure to the Afterlife

A Novel


An accessible and big-hearted novel that explores belief and forgiveness as a boy grapples with his faith and sexuality on a rollicking family road trip to Bible World

This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

ISBN: 9781419769122 Category:

Eric Schlich


When Eli Harpo was four, he underwent emergency open-heart surgery, flatlined on the operating table, and for a brief time, went to heaven and met Jesus. Or at least that’s what his father, a loving but devout Baptist minister, has raised him to believe.

Additional information

Weight 564 g
Dimensions 16.2 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 14 April 2024
Number of pages 352
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.2 x 23.5 cm
Weight 564 g


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Eric Schlich is the author of the story collection Quantum Convention, which received the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Prize and the 2020 GLCA New Writers Award in Fiction. His work has appeared in numerous publications and has been selected for prizes by writers including Roxane Gay, Helen Oyeyemi, and Justin Torres. He holds a PhD in fiction from Florida State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Tennessee, where he is an assistant professor at the University of Memphis.