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Chris Bohjalian

(Christopher Bohjalian)
USA flag (b.1960)

Chris Bohjalian is the author of Midwives and Past the Bleachers, both of which were made into critically acclaimed films, as well as The Law of Similars and Trans Sister Radio.

Genres: Mystery, Horror
Non fiction
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1998) : Midwives

Chris Bohjalian recommends
Hidden (2004)
Paul Jaskunas
"Hidden is a page-turner: poignant and powerful. I was transfixed by the tale Paul Jaskunas has written, and haunted by Maggie Wilson, the wondrous heroine he has given us."
The Temple of Music (2004)
Jonathan Lowy
"A big, bold and absolutely Breathtaking work of historical fiction. The only thing more impressive than Jonathan Lowy's remarkable research is the richness of his characterizations."
I'm with Stupid (2008)
Elaine Szewczyk
"Elaine Szewczyk is smart and funny, and knows that New York bars and African safaris have something important in common: When it comes to dating, it's a jungle out there. If you savor Sophie Kinsella or Lauren Weisberger, you'll want to add her to your reading list."
The Blasphemer (2010)
Nigel Farndale
"Poignant, surprising - and perhaps best of all - absolutely riveting. I loved this book."
The Curiosity (2013)
Stephen P Kiernan
"Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect."
The Winter People (2014)
Jennifer McMahon
"I don't believe in ghosts. At least that's what I kept telling myself as I read The Winter People. I also don't need to sleep with the lights on. I told myself that, too. But I was whistling past a graveyard--or, in this case--past a Vermont landscape that is authentic and recognizable and still altogether chilling. The Winter People is terrifying--everything you could want in a classic ghost story."
Almost Missed You (2017)
Jessica Strawser
"A deft exploration of the mysteries of marriage, the price we pay for our secrets, and just how easy it is to make the worst choices imaginable."
The Halo Effect (2017)
Anne D Leclaire
"The Halo Effect is a wonderful hybrid: a compelling murder mystery and a thoughtful meditation on longing and loss. I was fascinated by the book's saints - and sinners."
Never Coming Back (2017)
Alison McGhee
"Never Coming Back is a deeply moving exploration of growing up and growing old, and the ties that bind parents and children – and the mysteries that sometimes keep us apart."
The Map of Salt and Stars (2018)
Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar and Zeyn Joukhadar
"E. M. Forster taught us that 'fiction is truer than history because it goes beyond the evidence.' Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar's magic first novel is a testimony to that maxim. We've all been aware of the plight of Syrian refugees, but in this richly imaginative story we see one small family - both haunted by history and saved by myth - work their way west. It's beautiful and lovely and eye-opening."
The Book of Essie (2018)
Meghan MacLean Weir
"Every once in a while, a novel comes along that is both timelessly beautiful and unbelievably timely. The Book of Essie is such a story. Meghan MacLean Weir has given us a young heroine who is at once authentic and courageous — and a tale that is wonderful and mysterious and relentlessly surprising."
The Lost Vintage (2018)
Ann Mah
"The world needs novels like The Lost Vintage: page-turning tales that remind us both of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. It's a remarkable novel."
A Well Behaved Woman (2018)
Therese Anne Fowler
"A Well-Behaved Woman is a gem: a fascinating tale of Gilded Age manners and mores, and one remarkable woman's attempts to transcend them. Therese Anne Fowler, the immensely gifted writer who gave us all new insights into Zelda Fitzgerald in her novel, Z, has done it again for Alva Vanderbilt Belmont."
Girls Like Us (2019)
Cristina Alger
"Girls Like Us is something special: A beautiful, deeply textured novel and a poignant, surprising mystery. I loved it, every chapter and every word. I’m going to be thinking about it as a reader, a father, and a storyteller for a long, long time."
The Stranger Inside (2019)
Lisa Unger
"It’s not often that I’m stunned by the ending to a novel. But The Stranger Inside is rich with surprise from the very first page. It’s a smart, taut thriller."
The Antidote for Everything (2020)
Kimmery Martin
"A moving story about the absolute power of friendship and the utter feebleness of intolerance."
The Golden Cage (2020)
Camilla Läckberg
"It's about time that Americans get to savor the delicious twists and bad behavior that mark a Camilla Läckberg thriller. The Golden Cage is a wonderful, take-no-prisoners mashup of Gone Girl, Billions, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
The Tinderbox (2020)
Lou Diamond Phillips
"A wonderful mashup of Stars Wars, Game of Thrones, and one of Hans Christian Andersen's most complex fairy tales. An added bonus - Yvonne Phillips's haunting, beautiful illustrations."
Eternal (2021)
Lisa Scottoline
"A beautiful, heartbreaking, wrenching love story set in the Second World War. It’s alive with characters I cared about deeply - including the remarkable city of Rome, itself - and their courage in the face of Fascism."

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