In Chris Bohjalian’s New Novel, A Story Of Surviving Disaster In Vermont

Vermont author Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, is about a nuclear meltdown and a young girl. Emily Shephard has a deep love for the poetry of Amherst native Emily Dickinson, something she carries with her when catastrophe strikes and she becomes homeless.

In the latest installment of our Summer Fiction series, Bohjalian says he chose to revolve the entire story around a nuclear disaster. The reason, he says, goes back to 2011 when he was caring for his dying father.