Jan Stafford Kellis

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the story of Emily Shepard, homeless and on the run after a nuclear power plant meltdown in northern Vermont. Her parents, employees of the plant and fatalities of the meltdown, are blamed by the…

Songs of Willow Frost

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a heartbreaking story about William, orphaned at the age of seven, and the difficult path that brought his mother to the moment when she had to give him up. It takes place in Seattle in…

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult My rating: 5 of 5 stars Those of us familiar with Jodi Picoult’s books are in for a treat: Leaving Time is different than anything else she’s written, yet it still retains some of her signature touches. The multiple narrators, the disturbingly real characters, the…