Any Bitter Thing

Any Bitter Thing

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Grand Central Pub
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 old and 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.

Baker & Taylor
Raised by her uncle, a Catholic priest, until he is falsely accused of molesting her and dismissed from his church, and she is sent awy to boarding school, Lizzy Mitchell is now thirty years old and struggling to deal with a failing marriage, until a near fatal car accident forces her to reexamine her life and the truths surrounding the accusations against her uncle.

Blackwell North Amer
Lizzy Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle, a Catholic priest. She has never understood why she was taken from him and sent away to boarding school at age nine, and she believes the reasons were later buried along with her uncle. Now thirty years old and trying to save a failing marriage, Lizzy nearly dies in a traffic accident. In the haze of recovery in the hospital she hears the voice of her beloved uncle, Father Mike, and sets out to find the truth about him and about her past.
Her search and what she discovers completely shatters her understanding of herself, her closest friends, and the ties that bind.

Hachette Book Group
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 old and 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
0811846040
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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