Bitter in the Mouth

Bitter in the Mouth

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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Bitter in the Mouth is a brilliant, virtuosic novel about a young woman's search for identity and the true meaning of family."What I know about you, little girl, would break you in two" are the prophetic last words that Linda Hammerick's grandmother says to her. Growing up in small-town North Carolina in the 1970s and '80s, Linda already knows that she is profoundly different from everyone else, including the members of her own family. She can "taste" words. In this and in other ways, her body is a mystery to her. Linda's awkward girlhood is nonetheless enlivened and emboldened by her dancing great-uncle Harper, and Kelly, her letter-writing best friend. Linda makes her way north to college and then to New York City, trying her best to leave her past behind her like "a pair of shoes that no longer fit." But when a family tragedy compels her to return home, Linda uncovers the startling secrets of her past. Monique Truong's acclaimed novel questions our assumptions about what it means to be a family and to be a friend, to be foreign and to be familiar, to be connected to and disconnected from our bodies, our histories, ourselves.Look for special features inside.Join the Circle for author chats and more.RandomHouseReadersCircle.com
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9780679603429
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jane60201 Aug 01, 2014

Not as good as her earlier works.

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Zzoe
May 25, 2012

I must admit I could not get all the way through this book.

I thought her "flavours" associated with spoken words was interesting, but made the story-telling disjointed in parts and wasn't sure it led anywhere. I also didn't like how the author bounced around all the over the place in terms of the timeline.

I can't say I regretted not finishing it.

DRucinski Mar 22, 2011

There was no excess in this tightly written novel. The relationships were rich, honest and believable and left me wanting to know more.

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