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Close Enough to Touch

(2017)
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Can you miss something you never had?

Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee's decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door - and into her future.

Eric Keegan has troubles of his own. With his daughter from a failed marriage no longer speaking to him, and his brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son attempting telekinesis, Eric's struggling to figure out how his life got so off course, and how to be the dad - and man - he wants so desperately to be. So when an encounter over the check-out desk at the local library entangles his life with that of a beautiful - albeit eccentric - woman, he finds himself wanting nothing more than to be near her.

A "heart-wrenching and humorous" (Publishers Weekly) love story for anyone who's ever wanted something - or someone - just out of reach, Colleen Oakley's Close Enough to Touch will delight fans of Jojo Moyes's One Plus One and Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"This is a heart-warming, unconventional love story you won't be able to put down." - Karma Brown

"Brilliant in its simplicity, beautiful in its sentiment, heartbreaking in its honesty, Colleen Oakley's Before I Go takes on one of life's ultimate cruelties, death before one's time, and makes us believe." - Susan Crandall

"Colleen Oakley takes on the big three--life, death, and love--and delivers a jewel. Before I Go absolutely glows with humor, wit, and compassion. I adore Oakley's fresh voice and could hardly bear for the book to end." - Lynn Cullen

"Oakley delivers a story that overflows with compassion, humor, and the impulsive need to read just one more chapter until you reach the very satisfying end." - Patti Callahan Henry

"A witty, inventive, and bittersweet story of a reclusive young woman forced to venture into the world where complex medical issues become tangled with longings of the heart." - Beth Hoffman

"It's so rare these days to find an utterly original heroine like Jubilee - one who is bravely living an almost unimaginable life. Gripping, raw, and moving, this is one of my favorite novels of the year." - Sarah Pekkanen

"Colleen Oakley writes a unique twist on love that I couldn't read it fast enough." - Amy E Reichert

"What would you do if you knew you were dying? This emotional debut and its gutsy heroine will have you laughing through tears and staying up late until you've reached the final, fully satisfying page." - Jennie Shortridge


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Hardback Editions

June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Close Enough to Touch (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
ISBN: 1-4328-3882-2 / 978-1-4328-3882-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Close Enough to Touch: A Novel
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
ISBN: 1-5011-3926-6 / 978-1-5011-3926-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Close Enough to Touch: A Novel
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
ISBN: 1-5011-3929-0 / 978-1-5011-3929-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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July 2017 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Close Enough to Touch
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
ISBN: 1-76029-413-6 / 978-1-76029-413-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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March 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Close Enough to Touch
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
ISBN: 1-5252-4154-0 / 978-1-5252-4154-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Close Enough to Touch
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Close Enough to Touch
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Close Enough to Touch
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Close Enough to Touch: A Novel
Author(s): Colleen Oakley
Publisher: Gallery Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA