The Scent KeeperBook - 2019
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CRRLCollection Feb 06, 2019
February 2020's pick. From Reese: "This month we are reading The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister and y’all… it is SO GOOD! This magical story is about a young woman, Emmaline, confronting the modern world for the very first time. As she embarks on a journey of digging up her past, she is ... Read More »
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"...the smells rushed in. Car exhaust and hot oil, cold coffee and old urine. The sharp stink of fear-sweat. The deep purple bruise of longing. Over it all, like a lowering fog, the reek of asphalt and plastic. I slid down in my seat, pulling my sweater up over my nose." p 196
"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
"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
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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