Any Bitter Thing

Any Bitter Thing

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Richard Russo has celebrated Monica Wood's fiction as "thoroughly captivatingwarm and wise and beautifully written," and Andre Dubus III praised it as "luminous and gracefulentertaining yet transcendent." Any Bitter Thing , Wood's brilliant new novel, is her breakout book, a timely, gripping, and compassionate tale of family, faith, and deeply hidden truths. One of its greatest strengths is its continuous ability to defy expectations. It's not what you think. It is worse. Lizzy Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle, a Catholic priest. When she was nine, he was falsely accused of improprieties with her and dismissed from his church, and she was sent away to boarding school. Now thirty years oldand in a failing marriage, she is nearly killed in a traffic accident. What she discovers when she sets out to find the truths surrounding the accidentand about the accusations that led to her uncle's deathdoes more than change her life. With deft insight into the snares of the human heart, Monica Wood has written an intimate and emotionally expansive novel full of understanding and hope.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9780811846042
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wood Monica 2005
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,21 cm.


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Nov 18, 2013

Monica Wood reads every manuscript from back to front to make sure that each sentence is compelling on its own, not just in sequence. Her scrupulous attention yields some of the most engaging fiction out there. This moving novel is part mystery, part love story, part coming of age tale, and every word is gold.


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Feb 22, 2011

An orphan lives with her uncle, a Catholic priest. She is very happy with him, but charges of abuse arise. Her best friend's family is a big part of story. Husband is abusive to wife and rather scary to kids.


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Nov 18, 2013

The human craving is for story, not truth. Memory, I believe, embraces its errors, until what is, and what is remembered, become one.


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