Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 320 pages
Audiobook Length: 9 hours and 34 minutes
First Published: 2020
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Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.
Lyrical and immersive, 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.
Quotes from The Scent Keeper
Scents were like rain, or birds. They left and came back.
Maybe that’s how it always is, I thought—we all just go along, catching glimpses of one another, thinking we know everything.
Because people want their bodies to smell like oceans they’ll never have time to visit. They wear a perfume that promises sex, when all they really want is someone to snuggle on the couch with in baggy pajamas. We’ll all choose a good story over the truth any day.
I listened, while the scents found their hiding places in the cracks in the floorboards, and the words of the story, and the rest of my life.
About Erica Bauermeister
Erica Bauermeister is the author of four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients, No Two Persons, and The Scent Keeper. She is the co-author of two guides books and a memoir, House Lessons. She currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington. Visit the author’s website →