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Set in the fictional town of Fletcher, the connected stories in Smells Like Heaven span thirty years. Fletcher is a town the characters strive to escape, but keep returning to, as they stumble through life searching for ways to connect and transcend their claustrophobic pasts. Following two sisters--Devon and Christine--as well as their friends and lovers, Smells Like Heav ...more
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Published July 1st 2017 by Arbeiter Ring
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Diane Baker
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection. The author does a great job of weaving their lives in and out of the stories (it's a series of related stories), and you get to see them at different points in their lives, with occasional surprises. You end up feeling very fond of them all. The small Ontario town they live in is beautifully rendered, and sometimes spooky. The writing is both deft and evocative. Nice work.
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Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lovable believable characters, reading this collection of short stories is like sinking into a comfortable chair that's impossible to escape because it's so comfortable. And yet, there is a lot going on, on many layers, nothing is superficial here.
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My first story collection, Smells Like Heaven has just been released with ARP Books. I'm the author of the critically acclaimed novels Tell Everything (Dundurn, 2008) and Love Object (Dundurn, 2002). I'm a Senior Editor at http://hamiltonreviewofbooks.com/

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