Author Chris Bohjalian “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands”

Page and Palette bookstore will host New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian with the release of his latest novel Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands on July 14th. Bohjalian will sign and discuss his new book over lunch beginning at 12 p.m. at The Venue located at 105 S. Section Street in Fairhope. Tickets to the author event are $15 and include lunch and a $5 coupon toward the book purchase. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is scheduled for release on July 8th. For more information or to purchase a ticket or signed book, contact Page and Palette at 251.928.5295. 

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.

Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of 17 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sandcastle Girls,Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

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