Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Close Your Eyes, on tour July/August 2011

Posted By on April 8, 2011

About Close Your Eyes

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (July 26, 2011)

In Close Your Eyes, the author of the bestselling How to Be Lost spins another mesmerizing tale of buried family secrets.

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 in a wealthy corner of America, in a town outside Manhattan on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes, manicured lawns, and seemingly perfect families. 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 surrounded by uncertainty. Her one constant is Alex, always her protector, still trying to understand the unraveling of his idyllic childhood. But Lauren feels even more alone when Alex reveals that he’s been in contact over the years with their imprisoned father—and that he believes he and his sister have yet to learn the full story of their mother’s death.

Then Alex disappears.  As Lauren is forced to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, she comes to question the version of her history that she has clung to so fiercely. Lauren’s search for the truth about what happened on that fateful night so many years ago is a riveting tale that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.

CLOSE YOUR EYES is a wonder. Amanda Eyre Ward has given us finely spun mystery with complex, absorbing characters and lovely prose.” —KATIE CROUCH, AUTHOR OF GIRLS IN TRUCKS

“I absolutely loved this beautiful, haunting story of a woman who learns to come to terms with a dark, deep family secret. This is the kind of book that hooks you right in, brings tears to your eyes, and ends on a note of shining hope.” —TATIANA DE ROSNAY, AUTHOR OF SARAH’S KEY

About Amanda Eyre Ward

Amanda Eyre Ward is the award-winning author of Forgive Me, How to Be Lost and Sleep Toward Heaven. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

Connect with Amanda on her website,, on Facebook, and on Twitter.





Amanda Eyre Ward’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 11th:  Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, July 13th:  Starting Fresh

Monday, July 18th:  A Bookworm’s World

Saturday, July 23rd:  Take Me Away

Monday, July 25th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Tuesday, July 26th:  Bella’s Novella

Thursday, July 28th:  In the Next Room

Friday, July 29th:  Luxury Reading

Monday, August 1st:  Nomad Reader

Wednesday, August 3rd:  Life in the Thumb

Thursday, August 4th:  Rundpinne  

Friday, August 5th:  Colloquium

Wednesday, August 17th:  Crazy for Books


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