Books by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the author of ten novels, including his most recent New York Times bestseller, Before You Know Kindness, and his collection of columns and essays, Idyll Banter. He won the New England Book Award in 2002. His novel Midwives was a number


THE LIGHT IN THE RUINS by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"A soulful why-done-it."
In post-World War II Tuscany, a serial killer targets the remnants of a noble family. Read full book review >
THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2012

"A gruesome, unforgettable exposition of the still too-little-known facts of the Armenian genocide and its multigenerational consequences."
The granddaughter of an Armenian and a Bostonian investigates the Armenian genocide, discovering that her grandmother took a guilty secret to her grave. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

Bohjalian's (Secrets of Eden, 2010, etc.) latest effort finds its dark magick in a coven of herbalists, ghosts from an air crash and the troubled history of a derelict Victorian house. 

Chip Linton was an experienced pilot for a regional airline, but the aircraft he was flying one sunny August day hit a flock of geese upon takeoff. Read full book review >

SECRETS OF EDEN by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"A schematic tale of battered wives, murderous husbands and the consequences for their traumatized daughters."
Bohjalian (Skeletons at the Feast, 2008, etc.) returns with a story of violence. Read full book review >
SKELETONS AT THE FEAST by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"From harrowing to inspiring."
Love in a time of war, 1945-1948. Read full book review >
THE DOUBLE BIND by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"Ultra-clever, and moving, too."
Psychological thriller, crime novel and "what-if" sequel to The Great Gatsby—with significant twists. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU KNOW KINDNESS by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The finely drawn scenes and characters here will suck in all but the hardest-hearted. Pretty much irresistible."
The privileged summer of a prosperous family is shortened by a bullet in the night. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Little style or substance."
Ten years of insubstantial newspaper columns about life in small-town Vermont. Read full book review >
THE BUFFALO SOLDIER by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Another that may be in the Oprah mode, a tale of family torment. But Oprah's picks as a rule have literary merit, and this is no exception. Despite a conventional plot, Bohjalian's characters ring true, and he writes with insight and feeling."
It sounds like a TV movie of the week, but Bohjalian's eighth novel, among them the Oprah-picked Midwives (1997), works hard and pretty successfully to transcend the hackneyed scenario of parents adopting a child after losing their own. Read full book review >
TRANS-SISTER RADIO by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Shallow people and a sluggish narrative fail to illuminate a difficult and painful dilemma. "
Best-selling Bohjalian (the Oprah-blessed Midwives, 1997, etc.) explores the fluid nature of love, gender, and identity in a graphically detailed story about a transsexual man's medical and psychological journey. Read full book review >
THE LAW OF SIMILARS by Chris Bohjalian
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 13, 1999

Bohjalian (Midwives, 1997, etc.) returns to small-town Vermont for a meditation on grief and healing. Read full book review >

MIDWIVES by Chris Bohjalian
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 1997

Bohjalian (Water Witches, 1995, etc.) blends some provocative moral, medical, and political issues into a classic coming-of-age story in this To Kill a Mockingbirdlike reminiscence of the murder trial of a midwife, as witnessed by her teenaged daughter. From the day back in the '60s when Sibyl Danforth stepped forward in an emergency to help a pregnant friend give birth, she fell in love with the birthing process and dedicated herself to a calling as a lay midwife in rural Vermont. Read full book review >

WATER WITCHES by Chris Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 1995

The many different elements in this novel—including environmentalists, dowsing, and family loyalty—converge in a smooth and natural flow. Narrator Scottie—who notes that his childhood nickname has stuck long past appropriateness—is an attorney who lives in Landaff, Vt., with his wife, Laura, whose family is known for being strange, and for being able to locate water. Read full book review >