(BookR) The Smells of other peoples Houses

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Cover: ★★★★

Book: ★★★★

My Review

Bonnie -Sue Hitchcock’s exquisite attention to detail grabs you from the very first chapter (I was shocked really) as she takes you along with her through the struggles and triumphs of four young people growing up in a rural town in Alaska.  Ruth brought tears to my eyes and gran reminded me that perception is sometimes everything. She does a really good job of showing the transition between the understanding of a five year old to that of an adult. The book features many main characters (much like George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones) which I must admit is not normally my cup of tea. I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot!

Other Reviews

“…this is an exquisitely drawn, deeply heartfelt look at a time and place not often addressed. Hitchcock’s measured prose casts a gorgeous, almost otherworldly feel over the text, resulting in a quietly lovely look at the various sides of human nature and growing up in a difficult world.” —Booklist starred review

“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

About the Author

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was born and raised in Alaska. She worked many years fishing commercially with her family and as a reporter for Alaska Public Radio stations around the state. She was also the host and producer of “Independent Native News,” a daily newscast produced in Fairbanks, focusing on Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Canada’s First Nations. Her writing is inspired by her family’s four generations in Alaska.
**An Advance Readers Copy of this Book was provided to me for review purposes.**
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