The Scent Keeper

The Scent Keeper

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"Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home"--
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250200136
Branch Call Number: FIC BAUERME 2019
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 25 cm


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Adult Fiction. “A young girl with a unique talent for identifying scents embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she's ripped from her intensely isolated childhood home. Emmeline has lived with her father on an otherwise uninhabited island in the Pacific Northwest for as long as she can remem... Read More »

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Jun 14, 2019

"Colette took a shine to Fisher. That's what she called it-- taking a shine. It made sense; I'd seen the way she rubber her one silver vase until the dark smudges left and the bright came through. She was like that with Fisher, too." p. 108

Jun 14, 2019

"In the end, truth seemed no easier to catch than the scent of violets. My father used to show me how their smell could be there, so clear and beautiful, and then vanish, only to return a few minutes later, as strong as it had ever been. You couldn't control it. You couldn't hold on to it. I'd thought it was a wonderful thing, back then." p. 87

Jun 14, 2019

I wish I could say that I knew what my father was feeling, or that I tried to guess. Grief makes a tunnel of our lives, and it is all to easy to lose sight of the other people in the darkness with us-- to wish they weren't there, so their loss would stop rubbing up against ours. My father and I desperately needed open space, clean air for our pain to move into. p. 45


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Jun 09, 2019

I have been an avid fan of Erica Bauermeister since I read her first novel, The School of Essential Ingredients and I was not disappointed when reading The Scent Keeper. This is a coming-of-age story about Emmeline, a young child brought to an unhabited island by her father. She is raised there while being taught how to use her senses, especially her sense of smell. Her childhood is happy, leaving her completely ignorant of life outside of this small island and she is not prepared when she finds herself back in a world she is not equipped to live in. What makes this book special are the lyrical prose and the magical and original storyline. Each sentence is a gem. Read this book for the pure joy of the words. I highly recommend The Scent Keeper to anyone looking for something a little bit different.


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