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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands - Chris Bohjalian
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
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A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.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.... show more
A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.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 had 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. A story of loss, adventure, and the search for friendship in the wake of catastrophe, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is one of Chris Bohjalian’s finest novels to date—breathtaking, wise, and utterly transporting.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385534833 (0385534833)
ASIN: 385534833
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Let's Talk about Books!
Let's Talk about Books! rated it
4.0
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the first book I have read by Chris Bohjalian. It was not what I expected at all. This is a dark story with some pretty intense themes, but written very well. I really enjoyed the world building and the Emily Dickinson poetry that was painted into the writing. It has b...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
3.0 This audio was read very well by the author's daughter, Grace.
Emily Shepard is a troubled young girl who is forced to face enormous, catastrophic changes in her life. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. She is a bright teenager in her junior year at a good private school. She does not perform to her potential although she is quite capable; she is no...
Denise
Denise rated it
4.5 Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
I don't know why I began my story with the igloo. The igloo was really the beginning of the end-or, maybe, the end of the beginning. I am used to reading, and really enjoying, historical fiction from Chris Bohjalian. This book is vastly different from what I've read from him but it was just as enjo...
Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
3.0 Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
3.5 Stars, rounded to 3A resident of the Northwest Kingdom located in Vermont, Emily Shepherd, like everyone else there is forced to flee when a nuclear reactor melts down. The only difference is that her father is the one believed to be at fault, possibly drunk, and he and Emily's mother who also w...
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5.0 Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian is the dark and sad story of Emily Shepard, a teenager, running from the disaster at a nuclear power plant. Emily's character is flawed and her decisions not always likable. The story told through her voice comes through as lost and sad as she ...
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