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Every Bitter Thing

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“Hardy Jones writes with admirable clarity and directness about growing up under an overbearing and unapologetic father.”—Thomas Russell

Every Bitter Thing is a very readable, intense, and compelling addition to the literature of difficult, harrowing childhoods. The story feels very real . . . it will affect you deeply.”—Moira Crone
Paperback, 185 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Black Lawrence Press (first published 2010)
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Wesley Royal Jr. is twelve years old and he wants to believe. He wants to believe that most people in the world are better than his abusive, tyrannical father. He wants to believe that he can be stronger than his mother who quivers under this tyranny. His father wants him to be stronger as well, in body rather than in mind. So Wesley is sent to a local dojo to learn Tae Kwon Do. A predator within the dojo quickly identifies Wesley as a child raised on domestic terror--an easy mark. So begins a c ...more
Tammy Hornbeck
Book Review by Tammy Varner Hornbeck
Title: Every Bitter Thing
Author: Hardy Jones

Hardy Jones’ book, Every Bitter Thing reveals a side to childhood abuse not often covered and often over-looked, the boy’s side. It is a common misconception that only girls suffer from abuse and that it is always a family member. Jones’s book proves these two misconceptions false. The story begins with the author giving the reader a picture of an overbearing and at times verbally and physically abusive father. Subtl
A Coming of Age Novel Mired by Excess

According to the authors bio posted on Amazon 'Hardy Jones was born in Pensacola, Florida to a Texas Father and a Cajun Mother. He was raised primarily along the Gulf Coast (with a short stint in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico) in Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana, where he graduated from DeRidder High School in 1991. After exploring several different majors, in 1998 he received his B.A. in English from Louisiana State University; in 2001 he received his MFA
Bert Edens
As a martial artist, I admit I picked up this book for that element of it. That aspect of the book was very good, with some minor exceptions. However, I want prepared for the high level of racial slurs in the book, especially by Wesley's dad. Granted, it as all within character, it still was unexpected. That didn't detract from the story, as I feel like it was average at best anyway. It would have done well with a quality editor, and it just seemed helter skelter at times. It plodded along witho ...more
Good writing and distinctive milieu, but I didn't like how this novel seemed to end with an uncritical identification with white macho brute force, as represented by the narrator's father, at the expense of the queer Hispanic and black characters.
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