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Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

The second, highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.

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The second, highly anticipated novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.

Come on a journey across the rural American West . . .

Meet the teenagers who live in the small towns across these states, separated by distance, but whose stories are woven together in the most unexpected of ways.

Whether they are brought together by the spread of wildfire, by the priest who’s moved from state to state or by the hunt for a missing child, these incredible tales blaze with secrets, rage and love.

A novel like no other, this intricate, intense and beautiful book will take your breath away.

‘A clever and unusual novel . . . powerful.’ Sally Nicholls

‘Gorgeous and compelling . . . breathtaking.’ Katherine Webber

‘A beautiful literary writer.’ The Bookseller

‘It’s cut like a gemstone. Turn the pages, and facets gleam.’ Hiliary McKay

‘Beautifully observed and deeply satisfying.’ Lisa Williamson

‘Breathes life into wonderful, complex characters.’ Lisa Heathfield

‘A heartbreakingly brilliant tangle of teenage voices.’ Judith Eagle

Content warning: child abuse, arson, bereavement, addiction

Critic Reviews

Every page of her books throb with truth... [Hitchcock's] writing is honed and polished until it glints

The Times, Children's Book of the Week
Critic Reviews

A beautifully crafted exploration of life in small towns... Revelatory moments accumulate and recurrent names bind the stories together, emerging from the shadows to the limelight and reminding us that there are no minor characters in real life. The ingenuity of the links means that as soon as you finish you want to read it all again

The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week
Critic Reviews

An ingenious novel of interlinked stories. Hitchcock lays a mysterious trail of crumbs for her readers

Maggie O'Farrell
Critic Reviews

Hitchcock is a beautiful literary writer with real crossover appeal

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
Critic Reviews

There’s something both heartbreaking and uplifting about this intricately woven book... Although each vignette stands alone, the bigger picture emerges as the characters’ stories subtly shed light on the motives behind each pitch-perfect snapshot of complicated emotions

Daily Mail
Critic Reviews

Each episode is spotlit with compassion. The focus may be on teenagers, but this is a novel for everyone

Financial Times

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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