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Smells are key to the story – from the transformative smell that a mum can bring to a house, to the visceral smell of deer blood, the pungent odour of caught fish on the Yukon, to the scents of other people's belongings in a charity shop.
The book is heart-wrenching and poignant in parts, as the teens deal with the hardships of living an impoverished life in a tough environment.
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Bonnie Sue Rosenberg, age 75 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Friday, December 30, 2016 at her residence.The Smell of Other People's Houses alternates first-person narratives of four teens: Ruth who lives with her strict grandmother and younger sister; Dora who is bedding down at a friend's house to avoid her own parents; Alyce struggling to escape the confines of the town; and Hank, running away from the darkness with his two younger brothers.The layers of their four lives intertwine and weave together like grass straws in a basket, with cleverly dropped clues of their connections from the outset.Her training as a journalist powers through the novel; the observations are succinct and potent: "She smiles as if the memory is a peppermint stick and she's licking it, slowly savouring every bit." Hitchcock whips through the plot, but the writer's talent lies in the captivating voices of the teens.They are searingly sincere, with a self-deprecating wit, and an overall display of tenderness towards each other, despite having to reach through their erected barriers and overcome their own pain.