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Bitter in the Mouth

(2010)
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From Monique Truong, the bestselling and award-winning author of The Book of Salt, comes a brilliant, mesmerizing, beautifully written novel about a young woman's search for identity and family, as she uncovers the secrets of her past and of history.

Growing up in the small town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina, in the 70's and 80's, Linda believes that she is profoundly different from everyone else, including the members of her own family. 'What I know about you, little girl, would break you in two' are the cruel, mysterious last words that Linda's grandmother ever says to her.

Now in her thirties, Linda looks back at her past when she navigated her way through life with the help of her great-uncle Harper, who loves her and loves to dance, and her best friend Kelly, with whom Linda exchanges almost daily letters. The truth about my family was that we disappointed one another. When I heard the word 'disappoint,' I tasted toast, slightly burnt.

For as long as she can remember, Linda has experienced a secret sense - she can 'taste' words, which have the power to disrupt, dismay, or delight. She falls for names and what they evoke: Canned peaches. Dill. Orange sherbet. Parsnip (to her great regret). But with crushes comes awareness. As with all bodies, Linda's is a mystery to her, in this and in other ways. Even as Linda makes her way north to Yale and New York City, she still does not know the truth about her past.

Then, when a personal tragedy compels Linda to return to Boiling Springs, she gets to know a mother she never knew and uncovers a startling story of a life, a family. Revelation is when God tells us the truth. Confession is when we tell it to him.

This astonishing novel questions many assumptions - about what it means to be a family and to be a friend, to be foreign and to be familiar, to be connected and to be disconnected - from others and from the past, our bodies, our histories, and ourselves.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A revelation of wit and heart and stunning talent... Truong shades her classic coming of age tale with a magical ferocity that recalls Doctorow and Nabokov." - Jayne Anne Phillips

"Be prepared for a full range of tastes of life in Bitter in the Mouth: friendship, loyalty, love, family, and above all, the mysteries at every corner of one’s history that make us who we are. Monique Truong is a great observer and a beautiful writer." - Yiyun Li


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August 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel
Author(s): Monique Truong
ISBN: 1-4000-6908-4 / 978-1-4000-6908-8 (USA edition)
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August 2011 : USA Paperback
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
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December 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bitter in the Mouth
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April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bitter In The Mouth
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Title: Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel
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