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Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2021 by Random House/Lamb
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Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
for some reason i gravitate towards books set in small towns and they have yet to fail me
Mar 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
(Thursday 26th March 2020)


Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock is back! I’m going to scream. THE SMELL (as I fondly refer to it) is my favourite book of all time. I love everything about that book and I have been craving more work from this wonderful author. Give me this book now. NOW NOW NOW! AHHHHH! Can you tell how excited I am? Because I AM EXCITED!!! THE TITLE SOUNDS WONDERFUL. I NEED NEED NEED THIS NOW!!!

(Thursday 28th May 2020)

I’m sorry... the American West??? Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, you’ve
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town' is my first Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock novel and it took my breath away. Not only has Hitchcock woven an intricate array of characters but she manages to ensure the reader has quick emotional insight formed during each character's short appearance. The structure of the novel is a series of vignettes, the ending of the last character's story leading into the next one, dealing with plots as simple as working at a summer camp and playing basketball to heavy storylin ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I had read Hitchcock's earlier work (The Smell of Other People's Houses ) and enjoyed the premise, but didn't feel like I was "literary" enough to appreciate the minutiae of what she was doing. With this book, a collection of interconnected vignettes that look at sexual abuse, grief, and the weight we give to girl's voices, she knocked it out of the park. This is a book I woul
Gina Adams
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an early copy.

This book is kinda an anthology/vignette collection - it episodically tells little slice of life stories from different kids’ lives, spanning different people, states, and experiences. They’re all a little bit connected, and the connection goes a little deeper with every story.

There’s not a huge storyline, nothing super pressing to get to the end quick about, but instead every story kind of wraps up nicely enough. It’s kind of just a book
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-and-13
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town has the unique ability to feel small and intimate and larger than life at the same time. Following a plethora of interlocking characters through love, loss, coming of ages, grief, abuse, and friendships, it's such a uniquely well done story. Normally with interlocking anthologies at least one of the stories feels at least slightly out of plac
Liz Barnsley
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone Dies Famous In Small Town is an intimate multi faceted portrait piece, a series of interconnected stories and characters where the mundane actions of day to day life unveils deeper and darker personalities and actions.

The author is an insightful writer with an eye for building a story within a story, all of the people you meet within this novel will stay with you for different reasons and in different ways. Their commonality is within their differences and the backdrop of small town lif
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Pub Date 20 Apr 2021
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12 1/2 million stars!!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

As in I wish I had written this. Or I wish I had the mind of Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. These stories are brilliantly combined without being repetitive. Each story is complete within itself while implying the wholeness of the world in which it was created. Nothing left me questioning any of the characters, their motives, or their choices. I am complete
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Love that synopsis and the title is a killer, got to get a hold of this asap.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town was not like anything I've ever read before. Set in 1995, Hitchcock introduces us to a collection of different characters who all live in small towns in America. Having lived in a big city all my life, I wasn't sure what to expect, but found this book was a great introduction small town lives.

Most books I read (and most fiction books out there) usually focus on a few characters - at most - and one plot which made this set of stories was extremely refreshing.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this on my lunch break and didn’t want to put it down, eagerly coming back to it when I got home— now it’s 11pm and I’m an emotional wreck, crying at how beautiful, heartfelt, raw, intense, and tender this book is.

Nine stories that encompass a wide range of nuanced characters and plot directions, with bits and pieces overlapping here and there— not in any hugely climactic way but reminding us how interconnected everything is, how the world is rather large but can feel so small.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

I am an enthusiastic fan of BSH’s first book The Smell of Other People’s Houses, and was anticipating that Everyone Dies Famous would be equally insightful and engaging. Though I did enjoy reading the stories, I found it to be a bit lackluster in comparison. Though, as a short story collection, Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town is a compelling read.

I cannot help but wish that there had been more character development, and I was dis
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVED and DEVOURED this book. I loved the concept immediately after seeing someone tweet about it and just needed to read ASAP. The structure is SO INTERESTING - a bunch of interconnected short stories as we travel through some rural small American towns.

What struck me most was just the absolute depth of the characters. The insight into their lives we got from just the short chapters was just MASTERFUL. And more that that, the stories STAYED with me. Books comprised of short storie
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I read this as an e-galley. With thanks to Random House Children's Books, my opinions are my own.

I helped a student the other day whose question was "are trigger warnings used outside of academia?" This book comes with one, because some of the interconnected stories deal directly with child abuse, and all of them deal with the direct and indirect effects of those experiences. However, the descriptions are not graphic, and no one should avoid the
Chantal Lyons
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read the author's last book, 'The Smell of Other People's Houses', I knew what to expect with this one: essentially it's a collection of short stories, woven together by common characters and locations.

And it's beautifully done. Hitchcock has conjured so many intricate lives and places, so that with each ending, I felt a tinge of sadness that I wouldn't get to spend more time with that character.

It was a few years ago that I read the last book, but I think the themes in this one are dark
Hope Hunter
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many broken lives - and so many connections that connect each of these lives. Told in a series of chapters from seemingly random perspectives and characters eventually connect at the end of the story: the story of the little girl who has an invisible friend ties to the disappearance of another young girl, which ties to her sister getting into a car accident with her boyfriend because he is cheating on her, which ties to the new girl who moved to the town and flirted with all the boys because ...more
I don't read a lot of short stories, but the title of this book and the cover both caught my eye, and I'm so glad that I downloaded it, because this might be one of my favorite books that I've read this year.

Hitchcock excels at the sense of place in the west and pacific northwest where these stories are set. It's clear that she knows this place well. The stories start out with one set of characters, and a few stories in you begin to realize that there are connecting points between all of these
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Helen Precious
This book reads like a collection of short stories whose characters occasionally cross paths in new locations. As such some of the chapters are more convincing than others, showcasing the petty concerns of small town America and the youths that inhabit them, The darker strands concerning a deviant priest and the spread of a wild fire are compelling but some of the more parochial sections have been examined before with more flair. I particularly enjoyed the chapter set in the Alaskan wild camp wh ...more
Serafina Hills
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so so much. I read it in about 2 hours and couldn’t put it down. I loved the way it was written as a collection of stories and how everyone linked up in the small town. I loved how peaceful the stories were and the immense amount of emotion. I shivered and was brought to tears as I felt the hopelessness and void the characters did, some parts were horrible. I loved how each story didn’t have a happy ending as such but a hopeful one. It was just such a good book everyone should ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town took my breath away and I read it in one sit. This is a beautifully created short story collection, with a unique form, as a series of vignettes. Readers meet one character in one story and then get more crucial information about them in a next. The author describes the characters with tenderness, understanding and compassion.
I admire Bonnie - Sue Hitchcock style of writing, poetic and elegant. This is one of those books one will always remember

Thank you to
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

A beautiful collection of intertwined stories about life in small towns. I loved the descriptions of the towns and the time period when it was set. The writing was a little cheesy at times but overall really enjoyed.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was great, and I wasn't sure at all what to expect from it. The way the stories connect is really creative and original, and I totally got the sense of small town life. Really good. Pairing this with Jason Reynolds's Look Both Ways could be interesting in a classroom setting. ...more
Becky Abbott
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could pin point what makes Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock so compelling but everything about the book makes one want to know more and find out how all the lives of her characters intertwine. I really hope there will be more coming for all of them.
Zafra Usman
Oct 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
So many 2021 releases to look forward to! (This one gets me especially excited though!!!)
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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 f ...more

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