W.O.W: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Waiting On Wednesay is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that allows bloggers to highlight upcoming releases they are eagerly awaiting.

Here's what I can't wait to get my hands on!

Title:  Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
Author:  Chris Bohjalian
Publication date:  July 8, 2014
Page Count:  288  (fairly short for Bohjalian)

Summary via Goodreads
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless girl living in an igloo made of garbage bags in Burlington. Nearly a year ago, a power plant in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont had a 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 leave 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 house, inventing a new identity for herself, and befriending a young homeless kid named Cameron. But Emily 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.

I love, love, love Chris Bohjalian.  Everything he's written has been fantastic!  Told from multiple perspectives, his writing sucks readers in and doesn't allow you to walk away.  It forces you to question what your actions would be in the given situation and makes you think about which narrator you believe along the way.  So good!  If you haven't read anything by Bohjalian, I suggest starting with Midwives or Skeletons at the Feast...though you really can't go wrong with any of his books.

A little eye candy.
In other anticipating news...the World Cup starts tomorrow!!!!!  EEK!  This is, by far, my absolute favorite sporting event (along with the Euro Cup) and it only comes around every four years.  For those not in the know, the World Cup is a month-long soccer/football tournament.  Woohoo!  My team:  GERMANY (followed by Spain and the US).  Along with this, is the return of the beloved Michael Ballack (formerly of the Deutsches Bundesliga and Chelsea Football Club) as a studio analysist.  Bestill my heart :)

What are you eagerly anticipating?


  1. There's a goodreads giveaway open right now for this one, though you're probably already entered in it :) Thought I'd let you know just in case!

  2. This sounds amazing! I hadn't heard of this before and I'm so glad I did! Great pick! :)

    Check out my WoW if you have a moment? :)

    1. Thanks, Maude! I'm really excited to read it. Will definiletly check out your pick as well :)


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