Any Bitter Thing

Any Bitter Thing

A Novel

Book - 2006
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After surviving a near-fatal accident, thirty-year-old Lizzy Mitchell faces a long road to recovery. She remembers little about the days she spent in and out of consciousness, save for one thing: She saw her beloved deceased uncle, Father Mike, the man who raised her in the rectory of his Maine church until she was nine, at which time she was abruptly sent away to boarding school. Was Father Mike an angel, a messenger from the beyond, or something more corporeal? Though her troubled marriage and her broken body need tending, Lizzy knows she must uncover the details of her accident--and delve deep into events of twenty years before, when whispers and accusations forced a good man to give up the only family he had. 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: New York : Ballantine Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780345477682
Characteristics: 351 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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