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Bitter in the Mouth Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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 30s, 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Rachel | 5/18/2011

    " Not AS amazing as her Book of Salt, but very very good story of family and identity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Delight | 4/26/2011

    " Ohh, I loved this book! I was sorry to see it end and spent every moment of free time reading once I started The author is a fantastic writer and I am eager to read her first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Karen | 4/22/2011

    " I loved her phrasing, but I didn't quite relate to the story... though it was cleverly rendered. The book didn't quite capture my attention and though I wanted to finish it I wasn't impelled to read it quickly. I think it took me a full 2 weeks to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Liz | 4/12/2011

    " An interesting read about a girl with synesthesia which causes her to taste something depending on the word she hears. I found it to be mostly strange, with some sad parts. Not sure I'd recommend or not. "

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About the Author
Author Monique Truong

Monique Truong was born in Saigon in 1968 and moved to the United States at age six. She graduated from Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law, going on to specialize in intellectual property. Truong coedited the anthology Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose. Her first novel, The Book of Salt, a national bestseller, has been awarded the 2003 Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award, among other honors. Granting Truong an Award of Excellence, the Vietnamese American Studies Center at San Francisco State University called her “a pioneer in the field, as an academic, an advocate, and an artist.” Truong now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away.