⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars
Blurb: ‘Alaska, 1970: growing up here is like nowhere else.Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother.
Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father.
Alyce is staying at home to please her parents.
Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers.Four very different lives are about to become entangled. Because if we don’t save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves?Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America’s Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare and wonderful talent.’
‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is the beautiful coming-of-age story of a handful of teenagers during the 1970s in Alaska, just after it gained statehood. It is told from several different points of view, which at times was a little confusing, because sometimes I was so engrossed in reading that I missed the change, but it didn’t change the fact that I immensely enjoyed this book. Every character is dealing with its own set of problems and consequences of decisions that were made. There is Ruth and her sister who have to move in with their strict Catholic grandmother. Alice, who would love to follow a dancing career but feels like her dad wouldn’t be able to cope without her. Dora, who is living a life full of abuse by her father. And Hank, who is running away with his two younger brothers to keep them safe. As we travel through these stories, it becomes apparent how intertwined the lives of these teenagers are and at the end it even brought a little tear to my eyes. A beautiful book inside and out (just love that cover!) which I will definitely recommend to friends!
Expected publication: April 7th 2016 by Faber & Faber (first published February 23rd 2016)
I have received this eBook through NetGalley!