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Mrs Wolfe, Archer Generation

The Smell of Other People's Houses

Raw,bloody and gutsy from the very first sentence. This is not just about the smells of other people's houses but the smells of suffering of everyday, harsh Alaskan life, far-removed from our comfortable, North London existence. Anywhere not Alaska is referred to as 'Outside', suggesting that what you grow up with is the norm.
Our jaws dropped around the library table as Emily in Year 8 read the prologue to us. The description of Ruth's father butchering the deer in his garage appears to set the tone of the novel, where fathers seem to fracture their families by either hurting daughters or simply vanishing by getting themselves killed in the stark wilderness. Only half-way through and wondering where salvation will come from?

Posted on: 13th May 2017 at 03:22 pm

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