Save the Date: Author Chris Bohjalian, ‘Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands’ at the Ivy Bookshop

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Mark your calendars, as this is going to be a hot event.  Author Chris Bohjalian is scheduled at The Ivy Bookshop on July 9th.  Consider this a head’s up, so you can grab a copy of this beautiful book and kick off your summer reading, and be in shape to discuss the book with the author.  Gear up folks, NY Publicists have considered The Ivy Bookshop a stop for the hottest writers this summer.  Stay tuned, and make sure to stop by the Ivy to pick up

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ISBN-13: 9780385534833
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday, 7/2014


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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