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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

(2014)
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A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the best-selling 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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Hardback Editions

July 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-385-68192-5 / 978-0-385-68192-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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July 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-385-53483-3 / 978-0-385-53483-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-385-68194-1 / 978-0-385-68194-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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May 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-307-74393-4 / 978-0-307-74393-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-8041-9444-0 / 978-0-8041-9444-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0-307-91745-2 / 978-0-307-91745-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   



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