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Susannah, King Alfreds Academy

The Smell of Other People's Houses

Featuring four main characters; Alyce, Dora, Ruth and Hank. They all live in Alaska, shortly after it becomes a state, and are all very different; Alyce wants to do ballet but is busy fishing with her dad, Dora is avoiding her dad by living with a friend, Ruth is sent away to have a baby (what sort of a name is 'Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow'?) because she's only teenaged, Hank is running away with his two brothers by stowing away on a ferry. They're barely (if at all) linked to begin with but as the book progresses, chance encounters, old friends and coincidences link them closely together in a way that's so unlikely it's realistic. I liked it because it's realistic (ish) and perspectives from one character give you puzzle pieces to fit into the lives of others until slowly you build up a full picture. I liked all of it.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 11:38 am

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