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The Smell of Other People's Houses

This is an oddly quiet story but one I found really enjoyable. Told in intertwining narratives, the book is set in the 70s in Alaska and covers a brief period in the lives of a very loosely connected group of teenagers. Although I've described it as "quiet" the things that actually happen to the characters are not quiet in the least, the book covers teen pregnancy, abusive parents, loss of a parent and serious injury just to name a few, but it covers these issues without being melodramatic, skipping between the different narratives to tell the stories in what turns out to be a very engaging and slightly mysterious/magical way. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Although it's set in 1970s Alaska, so there are elements of the story and setting that need explanation, it has enough universality to be enjoyed by anyone.

Posted on: 16th June 2017 at 11:53 am

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