Bitter In The Mouth

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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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456131487
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 871,978
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Monique Truong
Monique Truong
A former New York City attorney, Truong gave up the legal life for the literary one when she quit her job to attend the Yaddo writers' colony. During this time, Truong reveals in our exclusive interview, "I temped and worked part time as an attorney in order to pay my rent and loans. I still hated every moment of it, but at least now I knew that the hours I was putting in were buying me months of worth of writing time."

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in our interview, Truong shared some fun facts about herself with us:

"I can't drive. I took the written test when I was 16 and passed (of course, I passed; I was a geek and studied). I took the driving test twice when I was in high school and failed miserably both times. I'm mobility-challenged in other ways as well. I can't ride a bike, roller skate, ice skate, or rollerblade. I can walk (short distances) and am very proficient at taking public transportations of all kinds."

"I learned how to cook by watching my mother (who is an amazing cook) and from reading cookbooks. When my family first came to the U.S. as refugees in 1975, we lived in a very small town in North Carolina. I had very few friends (OK, I had one), and I spent a great deal of time reading books of all kinds. I began to read cookbooks because I had this idea that if I ate American food I would become more American (and have more friends). I was six years old and this plan made sense to me. I needed to learn how to make chocolate chip cookies, devil's food cake, meatloaf, etc. During my elementary school years, I read The Betty Crocker Cookbook from cover to cover, even those pages about how to set a festive table (the Mexican theme intrigued me)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Monique T. D. Truong; Monique Thuy-Dung Truong
    2. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 13, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      Saigon, South Vietnam
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Literature, Yale University, 1990; J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1995

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2011

    Hated it

    I can't believe this book was recommended as the top books of 2010. It was a painful read. The author "tasted words" Every other sentence read like this: "Thisgreenbeans bookpeaches wascherries a wastecandied yams of timemint."It was beyond distracting and I am stunned that the book was able to be published.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Like a rich chocolate cake.

    Each sentence of this book was worth considering, reading twice. The reading was slow going because I had to reread various parts to make sure I understand the nuances and references, but the topic and relationships were fascinating. It's not a light read or one for the beach, but it's smartly written and worth picking up.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    A very different kind of story set in the South.

    Bitter in the Mouth, the title, has more than one meaning in this very different story of a young woman growing up the in the South. The story turns and twists and captures you in feelings for the characters and their relationships with each other. I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    recommended

    slow moving, but intriguing read, I have read other books by this author this was not my favorite. Good discussion book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Ok, tried to like it but...

    When you write a story it shouldn't be merely free assotiation.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Strangley Perfect

    I really liked this book. It was definitely a bit strange but it kept me interested and wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    JUST NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING

    HAD HIGH EXPECTATIONS, WHICH WERE NOT MET. A SLOW READ, DIDN'T LIKE THE CHARACTERS

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    A great read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  The characters were real, relatable and honest.  With the many obstacles that Linda had to over come, her story is of surviving.  Bitter is just one taste our lives experience and I think Linda is just a little bite of sweet and sour.  Then again, aren't we all?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Sucked

    Hard to pick up. I'm only half way through and I just want it to STOP! Where the hell is it going anyway??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Fascinating!

    Linda Hammerick can taste words....as she narrates her life complete with descriptions of the tastes, her story unfolds. Although she describes how difficult it was at times, I found myself wishing I too had this type of synesthesia.....The characters were beautifully drawn--uncle Harper especially is a delight! I will be reading more of Monique Truong

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Save your money

    I was very disappointed in this book. I read it but would not recommend it. I would not read any other books by this author.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    MAY BE THE BEST BOOK I READ THIS YEAR AND IT IS JAN 1ST

    This book was beautiful, stsrt to finish, with a surprise turn in the middle. Was a stunningly written novel, I was sorry when it ended. Every character had a sympathetic side...even though it took time to see some of them. This book made me get right online to read her first book, which won a huge amount of awards and accolades. I am a huge reader of fiction and non-fiction and I highly recommend this book.

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