Close Enough to Touch

A Novel

Close Enough to Touch

A March 2017 Indie Next Pick

From the author of Before I Go comes an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart, perfect for fans of the emotional novels of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult.

Love has no boundaries...

Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can't understand why she keeps him at arm's length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501139260 | 
  • March 2017
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When Did You Get Your First Library Card?

Booklist says of Colleen Oakley’s novel Close Enough to Touch, “fans of Jojo Moyes and rom-coms set within the stacks of libraries will rejoice.” Here, Colleen talks about researching librarians’ jobs to create her book heroine’s livelihood, and how libraries are great community hubs.

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Close Enough to Touch includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

Twenty-eight-year-old Jubilee Jenkins is allergic to other humans—yes, allergic to humans—and her life-threatening condition has made Jubilee not only a medical marvel but also a recluse. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has spent the past nine years in the confines of the small-town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. Now, after the death of her mother and loss of her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world once again.

But the constant threat—and growing desire—for human contact might prove too much for Jubilee when Eric Keegan, a man who just moved to town for work, and his adopted son, Aja, burst into Jubilee’s life.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. What effect does the alternating narrative between Jubilee’s and Eric’s perspectives have on your understanding of the events and characters in the book? How would the story have been different if it was j see more

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Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer and author of the novel Before I Go. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie ClaireClose Enough to Touch is her second novel.

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