Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood

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Richard Russo has celebrated Monica Wood's fiction as "thoroughly captivating warm and wise and beautifully written," and Andre Dubus III praised it as "luminous and graceful—entertaining 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.
 

About Monica Wood

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Monica Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently Any Bitter Thing, which spent 21 weeks on the American Booksellers Association extended bestseller list and was named a Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Chronicle Books LLC. 360 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A catastrophic accident forces a young Catholic wife to question the good intentions of those around her, in Wood’s polished second outing (after My Only Story, 2003), set in small-town Maine Incredibly, the abandonment of Lizzy Mitchell on the side of the road after she’s hit by a car one March...

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A near-fatal accident in the dark of night—30-year-old Lizzy is struck in a hit-and-run—sets in motion a complicated, surprising story of love, loss and sacrifice.

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Deseret News

Uncle Mike is really Father Mike, a Catholic priest whose parishioners question the propriety of his raising a child.

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