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Dana, Fully Booked

The Smell of Other People's Houses

This is an American patchwork quilt of a book. By chapter ten, I was wondering how all the storylines would come together and be resolved by the end of the book. They were all tied up, but I did feel the ending was rushed and a bit contrived because there were so many characters. I could have done with fewer characters and more depth in character and plot.
The author did a good job with the setting in Alaska. I could smell the fish and taste the deer blood Fish camp sounded like fun, even to someone who doesn't camp. The contest of the native Athabaskan life with the incomers was well presented. The latter were much more in touch with the environment and their relationships with each others.
An interesting read that skims the surface of cold and ice.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 12:13 pm

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