The Smell of Rain

By (author): Alyson Hope

Each family has their story, and each one is different, depending on who tells it. Fighting encroaching darkness, Alice chronicles her own story, one of love, loss, and learning how to piece it all back together. These deeply personal entries weave their way through past and present, spinning a kaleidoscopic and increasingly fragmented narrative.

“No matter who we are or what kind of life we lead, we are always alone in the end,” writes Alice.

Both delicate and iridescent, The Smell of Rain is bound to make you think: how will you fare when you see the gossamer thread of life begin to fray?


Alyson Hope

Alyson Hope is a writer who currently lives in Montreal, the island of Tiohtià:ke – unceded land of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.

In 2014, Hope received her Master’s Degree in literature from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Based largely on ecocritical theory, her thesis examines the multi-faceted relationship between nature and the characters in John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Hope’s love and respect for the natural world is what drew her to the study of ecocriticism.

The Smell of Rain, published by the brilliant folks of Renaissance Press, is Hope’s debut fictional novel.


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250 Pages
9in * 6in * 0.55in


November 10, 2023


Renaissance Press



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FICTION / Epistolary

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