Smells Like Heaven
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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 Heaven exposes the core of what it means to be transformed by love.
"In a gorgeously evocative prose, Cooper depicts and makes heartbreakingly palpable the evolution of imperfect lives. Her characters, full of sharp desires they can't outrun, seeking connection and solace at almost any cost, remind us of what it is to be human, frail, even blind. Cooper is a writer of extraordinary gifts." —Kelli Deeth author of The Other Side of Youth
"The best lies, she believes, are close to truth." This line from Sally Cooper's story collection, Smell Like Heaven, captures the feeling of quest in Cooper's characters as they set out and sometimes return to home in a small town, exploring love, friendship, and the creation of new families. This collection is deeply felt by a writer who dares tell fiction's truth." —Kim Echlin author of Under the Visible Life
"Sally Cooper's stories hold a strange beauty and offer canny wisdom about life's injustices and mercies as they twist and untwist the kinks of linked lives." —Catherine Bush author of Accusation