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“A deeply compassionate and artfully crafted novel.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“In The Writing Life, Annie Dillard advises would-be writers to find their bone, the thing that drives them to write….Monique Truong’s bone is the outsider’s plight, and her pen is a scalpel, laying perfect words down along that nerve until even the happiest reader understands what it means to forever stand apart from your family and the larger society you inhabit.”
--Los Angeles Times
“Fast-moving and beautifully strange….[Linda’s] tasting words…quickly becomes second nature and eventually, metaphorical poetry. It has a poignancy that sneaks up on you, just like Truong’s entire clever tale.”
--Time Out New York
“A flavorful, haunting journey….Truong is a powerful writer.”
“Truong’s mesmerizing prose beautifully captures [the heroine’s] taste-saturated world, and her portrait of a broken family’s secretive pockets and genuine moments of connection is affecting.”
—Publishers Weekly (“Pick of the Week”, starred review)
“Absorbing . . . Truong is a gifted storyteller, and in this quietly powerful novel she has created a compelling and unique character.”
—Booklist (starred review)
"Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth, every word a taste, is a revelation of wit and heart and stunning talent. Truong invents Americana for a new America: from Great Uncle Harper to Dr Pepper and the Wright Brothers, she shades her classic coming of age tale with a magical ferocity that recalls Doctorow and Nabokov. Bitter in the Mouth is a soulful hymn to the hands we fashion with the cards we’re dealt."
—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."
"Monique Truong creates a world so subtle, mysterious, moving and sensory that it heightens our consciousness of those qualities in our own. Bitter in the Mouth is the rare novel that makes one life story unique and universal at the same time."