Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris BohjalianClose Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

byChris Bohjalian

Paperback | May 26, 2015

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the floor of a drug dealer's apartment and inventing a new identity for herself--an identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. When Emily befriends a young homeless boy named Cameron, she protects him with a ferocity she didn't know she had. But she still can't outrun her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever--and so she comes up with the only plan that she can.
CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than twen...
Title:Close Your Eyes, Hold HandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.92 × 5.18 × 0.84 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385681941

ISBN - 13:9780385681940


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Chris Bohjalian has written a heartbreaking story in “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands”. Emily Shepherd's world has collapsed after the nuclear power plant where both her parents work experiences a meltdown. People die (including her parents), homes and families are torn apart and the finger pointing begins. And who better to blame than people who are no longer around to defend themselves? Emily runs away from the temporary evacuation site and finds herself living on the street. As has been the case in a number of his other books (Midwives, for example), Bohjolian writes convincingly in the voice of a teenaged girl. The book is written as if it is Emily's journal - the people who help her along the way and those whom she befriends and helps are well fleshed out; she speaks of the perils of living on the street and the tricks used to enable a person to survive that experience. I really liked this book (I am a fan of this author). Bohjolian puts a sentence together beautifully. He tells a believable story. Emily Shepard is a character you can care about.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page-turner Was the only Bohjalian, at the library, I hadn't read. Is one of the best! The main character, the plot, the setting. All rather interesting. :) Can't wait to add it to my personal library!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Book I wasn't sure what to expect with this book and found it to be excellent. It was one that I had trouble putting down.
Date published: 2015-02-09

Editorial Reviews

"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands...could serve as a master class on how to write the thinking reader's bestseller. Suspenseful, provocative, often terrifying yet compassionate, it pushes a variety of hot buttons--child homelessness, mental illness, nuclear energy--all while creating one of the most memorable teenage protagonists in recent fiction." The Washington Post"[Protagonist Emily] is Bohjalian's greatest accomplishment--when you turn the final page you will relish her real-ness and wonder if that twinge of disquiet will ever go away." Los Angeles Times  "I have a new favorite Chris Bohjalian novel. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is a book I wish I'd been smart enough to write: a masterpiece of narrative voice, of emotion, and of how--as Emily Dickinson might say--the sparest of words can hold a wealth of pain. If you need any proof that fiction can scare us, move us, and break our hearts simultaneously--look no further." Jodi Picoult