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Smell of Other People’s Houses

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Love, tragedy, luck and salvation in the interweaving stories of four teenagers in this extraordinary 1970s Alaskan set debut novel.

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£7.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571314959
Date Published
07.04.2016
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Summary

SHORTLISTED for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the UKLA Book Award.

Love, tragedy, luck and salvation in the interweaving stories of four teenagers in this extraordinary 1970s Alaskan set debut novel.

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.

‘Gorgeous.’ Spectator

‘An exceptional coming of age novel for young adults – or indeed just adults.’ Sunday Times

‘Ambitious and original, this transports the reader effortlessly both in time and space.’ Metro

‘This book reaches through the mêlée of voices in YA; its smell, or scent, fresh and alluring.’ The Independent

‘Intoxicating . . . will resonate with readers of all ages.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Excellent.’ School Library Journal

‘A nice and different read.’ Telegraph

‘A piercing look at life lived at 40 below.’ The Financial Times

Critic Reviews

"The physical landscape of Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's Alaska is raw, beautiful and wholly unfamiliar, but the true wonder of this thrilling, arresting debut novel is that the emotional landscape feels just as powerful-and just as untrammeled."

Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay
Critic Reviews

Hitchcock's debut resonates with the timeless quality of a classic. This is a fascinating character study-a poetic interweaving of rural isolation and coming-of-age.

John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back
Critic Reviews

An honest, gritty and moving portrait of growing up in Alaska. Only someone who knows and loves this place through and through could tell this story. From coastal rainforests to the salmon fishing grounds and on to the vast interior of Alaska, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock follows the lives of teenagers who struggle against great odds to believe in themselves, redefine their ideas of family, and find each other. Do not expect a rose-tinted view. Hitchcock does not shy away from hard truths such as alcoholism and teenage pregnancy. But with its bunny boots, tough characters, fish slime, three-wheelers, kindness where you least expect it, and touch of romance, this book is Alaska. The poems from Alaskan writers and Rebecca Poulson's woodcut prints are a beautiful addition.

Eowyn Ivey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Snow Child
Critic Reviews

Using alternating narratives, debut novelist Hitchcock deftly weaves these stories together, setting them against the backdrop of a native Alaska that readers will find intoxicating. The gutsiness of these four teens who, at heart, are trying to find their places in the world and survive against challenging odds, will resonate with readers of all ages.

Publishers Weekly
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Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was a long-time journalist for Alaska Public Radio and prior to this spent many years fishing commercially, raising her children on a boat. She was born in Alaska and lives there still in a yurt with moose wandering through her backyard, a yurt that was lucky to escape the wildfires of 2019.

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