Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, fictionalized in the book "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" by Chris Bohjalian. - Victoria Blewer

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant, fictionalized in the book "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" by Chris Bohjalian.

Victoria Blewer

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

Best-selling author Chris Bohjalian's latest novel is narrated by Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living on the streets of Burlington, Vermont. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in rural Vermont experienced a meltdown that killed both of Emily's parents. Her father was in charge of the plant and there are rumors that the meltdown may have been his fault. Diane and Chris Bohjalian discuss "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" and what he believes are his greatest challenges as a writer.

Best-selling novelist Chris Bohjalian’s daughter says her father has a talent for crafting flawed young female characters. The critically-acclaimed author is known for novels that center on ordinary people facing extraordinary dilemmas, usually not of their own making. His latest novel is no exception. It features Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living on the streets of Burlington, Vermont. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in rural Vermont experienced a meltdown that killed both Emily’s parents. Her father was in charge of the plan and there are rumors that the accident may have been his fault. Diane talks with Chris Bohjalian about his latest novel what he believes are his greatest challenges as a writer.

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Chris Bohjalian

author of fourteen novels, including "The Sandcastle Girls", "Skeletons at the Feast," "The Double Bind," and "Midwives."

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