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Juliette, French International School Hong Kong

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People’s Houses tells the interconnected stories of four teenagers – Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank who pass the baton of the story between them as they come of age against the tight backdrop of Alaska. Hitchcock uses rhythm and refrain to enrich her storytelling, and divides the novel into four sections following the rhythm of the year – spring, summer, autumn and winter. I really enjoyed reading this book because of the way each story is written and how , at a certain point, they all meet. All along the story, it is written in a powerful way which bookends the novel. Every narrator's voice is prominent which draws your attention to each detail of the story.

Posted on: 17th April 2017 at 10:49 am

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