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Title:
Close your eyes, hold hands
ISBN:
9780307917485

9780307917454
Publication:
[Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; [New York] : Random House Audio, ℗2014.
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (8 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Unabridged.

Compact discs.
Summary:
Living in an igloo of ice and trash bags half a year after a cataclysmic nuclear disaster, Emily, convinced that she will be hated as the daughter of the drunken father who caused the meltdown, assumes a fictional identity while protecting a homeless boy.

"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"-- from publisher's web site.
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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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Library Journal Review

When a nuclear power plant in Northern Vermont undergoes a meltdown, 16-year-old Emily Shepard is left orphaned and homeless. Unable to bear the blame placed on her father for the fiasco, she flees into homeless obscurity. This is the story of Emily's year on her own-drugs, lies, prostitution, shoplifting, cutting, and whatever else she feels she must do to survive, finally resulting in her apprehension and a journal of her experiences. The title is taken from instructions to children led through a scene of carnage, and while the motive for Emily's flight is catastrophic, hiding from its consequences only exacerbates her misery. With a story that reflects the experiences of many runaways, Bohjalian shines a light on the thousands of teens living in the shadows. Actress Grace Blewer, the author's daughter, reads with an authority that lends credence to Emily and her frustratingly poor decisions. VERDICT Recommended for both older YA and adult audiences. ["No stranger to tough issues, Bohjalian tackles nuclear power, homelessness, and self-mutilation with his trademark sensitivity, careful research, and elegant prose," read the review of the Doubleday hc, LJ 4/1/14; see the Q&A between Bohjalian and Blewer on p. 36.-Ed.]-Janet Martin, Pinehurst, NC (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.