If the title doesn’t grab you — but isn’t it terrific? — these coming-of-age stories of love and fury in the American west will. Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock came to literary attention with her elegant debut, The Smell of Other People’s Houses. Her new book mines the same ground — the weird and wonderful lives of small-town kids — with breathtaking skill in this collection of interlinking stories that dart from Alaska to California.
Revelatory moments accumulate and recurrent names bind the stories together, emerging from the shadows to the limelight and reminding us that there are no minor characters in real life. The ingenuity of the links means that as soon as you finish you want to read it all again.