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Any Bitter Thing

An evocative tale of love, loss and understanding

By Monica Wood

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For readers of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD, this is a story of shattered innocence and the secrets of the human heart, from the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY.

ANY BITTER THING is a novel about how much we can and should forgive, by Monica Wood, the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY. The perfect read for fans of Gail Honeyman's ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and Joanna Cannon's THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE.

'If you liked THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, try ANY BITTER THING' Glamour

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 until she was nine, when she was abruptly sent away.

Though her troubled marriage and broken body need tending, Lizzy knows she must uncover the details of her accident - and delve into the events of twenty years ago, when whispers and accusations forced a good man to give up the only family he had.

What readers are saying about ANY BITTER THING:

'Another great story with wonderful characters'

'This writer, with her exquisite prose, weaves a gripping and grace-filled story of redemption. I will go back to this amazing book again and again. It shines'

'A beautiful story. The characters take on a life of their own. Pure human emotion, well written, very touching'

Biographical Notes

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. Born in Maine, New England, to an Irish Catholic family, she worked as a guidance counsellor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a singer, and travelled the New England circuit singing jazz, country, pop and gospel for many years. She lives in Maine with her husband.

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  • ISBN: 9781472231994
  • Publication date: 23 Mar 2017
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If you liked THE SECRET LIES OF BEES, try ANY BITTER THING — Glamour
[An] exquisite, soul-satisfying novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and healed in the utter unlikeliness of grace... A gorgeous novel, by an immensely gifted writer — Tim Farrington, author of THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS
Prose as fresh and lovely as a Maine summer evening... Wood employs a sophisticated, layered architecture, circling from present to past to reveal shocking truths — Publishers Weekly
Wood illuminates the grace in the average and everyday, the miracles that lie within the ordinary life... [an] intimate exploration of love and faith, betrayal and penance — San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: 'Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash' — Sunday Mirror
Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery — Stylist
A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations — Daily Mail
Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel — Woman & Home
This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner — Heat
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