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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated second novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.

Come on a journey across the rural American West.... 

Meet the teenagers who live in the small towns across these states, separated by distance, but whose stories are woven together in the most unexpected of ways. 

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 incredible tales blaze with secrets, rage and love. 

A novel like no other, this intricate, intense and beautiful book will take your breath away.

©2021 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A clever and unusual novel [...] powerful." (Sally Nicholls)

"Gorgeous and compelling [...] breathtaking." (Katherine Webber)

"A beautiful literary writer." (The Bookseller)

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  • Mr William Dewar
  • 10-30-21

Awesome

Wow sensational writing I absolutely loved it and I am a 58 year old man who listened with his daughter on a road trip.

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  • K. J. Kelly
  • 04-01-22

Connected 'small town' short stories

Connected short stories, YA 'small town but wider' issues.

Quite interesting, this. I'm not a great fan of short stories, I like to delve into a character and plot, moving from one to another usually doesn't work well in my head. But these stories are all connected, based around young people in one small American town.

Names crop up from story to story, we see different stories even from inside the same family. Some are about teenage relationships, others about more shocking and upsetting problems (fires, missing children, priests).

I maintained interest throughout, though I think the move from one character to another can be easier to follow on paper than through audiobook. The Audible version however was well-narrated, even though all characters were presented by the one female voice.

As with most short stories, there wasn't time to delve into some plots in as much detail as I would have liked, though each ended and moved on without jarring and with some sort of conclusion/direction for the future.

A good range of stories and characters, and does make you consider just what problems others around you are coping with, and how even young people manage their problems.

With thanks to Nudge for providing a sample Audible copy.