ACHUKA Book of the Day 19 Apr 2021
Times Children’s Book of the Week 3 Apr 2021
“It’s cut like a gemstone. Turn the pages, and facets gleam.” Hiliary McKay
“Each narrative underscores the suffocating social expectations unique to their small rural communities, challenging the stereotype that nothing ever happens in them. Arranged in loose chronological order, the seemingly disparate stories contain overlapping secondary characters and locations, and Alaskan author Hitchcock uses small details of daily life to paint a strong sense of place and quirky characters.” KIRKUS
“Hitchcock is insightful on the limitations of sibling loyalty, poor parenting and the inherent contradiction of life in a small town: it is always boring but everything happens there.” The Times
“Despite its darkness, this book is a triumph of story-telling. The only indication that it is written principally for teenage rather than for adult readers is the fact that all its main characters are young. In every other way it is a story for all ages.” Nick Tucker, BfK 5-Star review
A second, highly anticipated novel from Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, author of The Smell Of Other People’s Houses. A collection of short stories linked by towns in Alaska and the American West capturing the experiences of young people living a frontier existence. Whether they are brought together by the spread of wildfire, by the priest who’s moved from state to state or by the hunt for a missing child, these tales blaze with secrets, rage and love.