Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward
A Novel

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For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer. Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes and seemingly perfect families. But one morning, eight-year-old Lauren and her older brother awoke to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.
 
Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Startling revelations force her to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, put aside the version of history that she has clung to so fiercely, and search for the truth of what really happened that fateful night long ago.

BONUS: This edition includes a Close Your Eyes discussion guide.
 

About Amanda Eyre Ward

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Amanda Eyre Ward is the award-winning author of How to Be Lost and Sleep Toward Heaven. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Random House. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lauren Mahdian believes her father "ruined everything, everything, everything" in Ward's (Sleep Toward Heaven, 2004, etc.) literary novel.

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And I think I’m very lucky to have moved to Austin when there was still time to be a novelist because it’s so much cheaper here and it’s just easier to be able to sustain a life where you can afford lunch and be working on your novel every night for a long period of time.

Sep 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Close Your Eyes: A Novel

Dallas News

The title Close Your Eyes works here as a gentle command, a “don’t look or you’ll be terrified” warning, and a howl of dire portent: Whether for a second, a day or a lifetime, close your eyes and you never really know what you’ll be missing.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Here Lauren and her older brother, Alex, thought they were safe.

But one morning, six-year-old Lauren and eight-year-old Alex awoke after a night spent in their tree house to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.

Years later, Lauren is surrou...

Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Close Your Eyes: A Novel

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Alley, Carla and Mount Vernon Ladies Book Club won Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna, Kelly and the Stair District Library Evening Book Discussion Group won Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani, and Suzy and Reading Between the Wines book club won The Daughter by Jane Shemilt!.

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Statesman.com

Yet when Alex is declared missing after a car bombing near the Iraqi hospital where he's working on a trip with Doctors Without Borders, Lauren finds herself sifting through the handful of clues Alex has collected.

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