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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands - A Novel

Chris Bohjalian

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.

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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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Grace Experience, Grace Blewer

Length:

8h 16m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

09:46


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

19:55


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

20:22


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

34:35


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

28:10


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

20:08


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

29:17


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

31:59


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

19:53


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

18:11


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

22:47


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

16:03


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

19:50


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

25:09


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

20:26


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

18:29


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

16:41


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

17:17


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

25:26


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

16:55


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

23:42


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

24:36


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

08:11


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

08:02


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

00:24