A lyrical and heartfelt collection by an award-winning writer that connects the lives of young people from small towns in Alaska and the American west. Each story is unique, yet universal.

In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths. One choice threatens a lifelong friendship. Siblings save each other. Rescue and second chances are possible, and so is revenge.

On the surface, it seems that nothing ever happens in these towns. But Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock shows that underneath that surface, teenagers' lives blaze with fury, with secrets, and with love so strong it burns a path to the future.
Honors and Praise for The Smell of Other People’s Houses 
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
William C Morris YA Debut Award, Finalist
Multiple best of the year lists
★ “Exquisitely drawn, deeply heartfelt.”—Booklist, starred 
“A singular debut.” —Wall Street Journal
“A captivating debut by an exciting new author.” —Guardian

“This will inspire readers to count degrees of separation and ponder the temporal and spatial distances tragedy can reach.” —The Bulletin