Chris Bohjalian: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
THE IVY BOOKSHOP
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 7:00pm
Chris Bohjalian reads from his new novel about a teen on the run after a nuclear meltdown.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily’s parents were killed. Her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes; 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 she 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 17 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sancastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind and Midwives. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
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