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Debut Novella from David Hill Burns: Whiff – A Novel

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 13:02
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For Jim, Scent is Everything

Whiff – A Novella by David Hill Burns

Have you ever gotten a whiff of something which transported you to another time, place, or person from your past? That’s because olfactory memory is the most powerfully implanted memory in the brain.  And now imagine having a sense of smell so keen that it becomes your primary way of experiencing the world.

In his debut novel, David Hill Burns gives readers a front row seat to the highly original perspective of Jim Bronson, a man with a prodigious ability to discern the complexities of smell around him.  He is a man of great nostalgia and invests all of his waking energy collecting the smells of places, times, and people. 

Burns walks a daring fine line with Jim between creepy and lovably endearing.  In Whiff, you will follow his journey from socially inept into the wide world of relationships and feelings thanks to a woman with an extraordinary scent.

rain on early spring birch leaves, the filament of an orchid, and the slightest hint of cardamom”

Readers will find themselves immersed in the sensory world of smells and nostalgia like Christmas, for instance.

“a delicate infusion of fur tree, scotch tape, wrapping paper, wood burning fire, clove, orange, newspaper, coffee”



By David Hill Burns

168 pages

6 X 9 inches

Paperback, $9.99 (US / CAN)

Kindle, $5.99

ISBN:  978-1542931830

DAVID HILL BURNS is the author of Fictdoodles:  A Collection of Flash Fiction and Moments: A Collection of Micropoetry.  For more information, visit or email at

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