Mini Review: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

untitledTitle: The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Synopsis: In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses is told through the perspective of four young adults in Alaska during the 1970’s. Each character lives a very different life, but eventually all their stories become connected. Ruth has fallen for the wrong guy and is currently dealing with the consequences of her decision. Dora comes from a broken and abusive home and would do anything to stay with the family who has taken her in. Alyce is torn between her mother and her father. Does she stay with her mother and work on her dancing or should she spend the summer fishing on a boat with her father? Hank has decided that the best chance him and his brothers have is to runaway.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses is not a fast-paced read. It takes its’ time to tell its’ story. This book gives its’ readers stories that are realistic and genuine. There were moments that I forgot that this book is a historical fiction due to the honest way these stories are told. There are not many books that can make me cry, but this book did just that. This book is so unique and is now one of my favorite historical fictions to date!

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was born and raised in Alaska. She worked many years fishing commercially with her family and as a reporter for Alaska Public Radio stations around the state. She was also the host and producer of “Independent Native News,” a daily newscast produced in Fairbanks, focusing on Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Canada’s First Nations. Her writing is inspired by her family’s four generations in Alaska.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, and her website.


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