Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood

By Monica Wood

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Any sour factor, Wood's terrific novel, is her breakout booklet, a well timed, gripping, and compassionate story of relatives, religion, and deeply hidden truths.

One of its maximum strengths is its non-stop skill to defy expectancies. It's no longer what you're thinking that. it's worse. Lizzy Mitchell used to be raised from the age of 2 through her uncle, a Catholic priest. while she used to be 9, he used to be falsely accused of improprieties together with her and brushed off from his church, and she or he used to be despatched away to boarding university.

Now thirty years previous and in a failing marriage, she is almost killed in a site visitors twist of fate. What she discovers while she units out to discover the truths surrounding the coincidence and concerning the accusations that resulted in her uncle's dying does greater than swap her existence. With deft perception into the snares of the human center, Monica wooden has written an intimate and emotionally expansive novel packed with knowing and wish.

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