Bitter in the Mouth

A novel by Monique Truong

bitter-in-the-mouth“A coming-of-age tale with a magical ferocity that recalls Doctorow and Nabokov.”

— Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Lark & Termite

“A beautifully written, complex story of self-discovery.”

— The Boston Globe

“Truong explores—and explodes—[her characters’] secrets at a captivating pace. . . . Reminiscent of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“A searing exploration of intimacy and enmity, language, betrayal, and silence, Bitter in the Mouth is as dazzling as it is deeply emotional. It also has the best twist in its tail—ever.”

Monique Truong is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first novel, The Book of Salt (2003), was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and an Association
for Asian American Studies Poetry/Prose Award. Her second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (2010), received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a 25 Best Fiction Books of 2010 by Barnes & Noble. Truong was a PEN/Robert Bingham Fellow, a Princeton University’s Hodder Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Visiting Writer at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law, Truong is also an intellectual property attorney.

Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong

Random House
Publication: August 2011
Price: $15
Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN 978-0-8129-8132-2

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