Bitter in the Mouth
By Monique T. D. Truong
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780099474746)
Publication Date: August 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2010 Indie Notables
“The 'growing up in the south' story is a genre in itself, but in the hands of Monique Truong it is fresh and unique. To be sure, there are the required eccentric relatives, the best friend and the first love, but Linda has a few characteristics that make her a genuine outsider. First, she is Asian, and, second, she has a synesthesia that causes her to experience spoken words as a taste. It is a distracting and sometimes painful experience that she slowly learns to accept, but it always makes her feel different. Written in a way to allow the reader to understand the synesthesia -- some conversations are recorded with the accompanying tastes behind the words -- this book is both tender and laugh out loud funny.”
-- Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC