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Somehow Emily Shepard, the teenage narrator of this fiction, survived the meltdown of the nuclear plant that her alcoholic father probably caused. Now, six months later, bereft of family, she lives a furtive existence in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, stealing when she can and living on scraps. Inspired only by the poetry of Emily Dickinson, she has taken a young boy under wing as she attempts to carve out a new life in this lonely, off-the-grid apocalypse. With his new novel, Chris Bohjalian (The Light in the Ruins; The Sandcastle Girls) has created an intense, gripping story of a young girl coming of age under extreme conditions.