Is there a voice for which Chris Bohjalian cannot write? I think not! In Close Your Eyes, he speaks for a brittle, teenage girl, whose brain chemistry was messing up her life even before a nuclear disaster took down a fair chunk of Vermont with her. Emily's stark tale of survival will haunt you, as will the thought that it could be so easy for much of the country to adjust and move on. -Rosemary
Her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge is a Quail Ridge and book club favorite. Now Elizabeth Strout visits on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. with The Burgess Boys. It's a story of the lifelong repercussions suffered by three siblings as a result of a freak accident that killed their father when they were children.