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Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood
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Feb 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: angst-filled, domestic-fiction, dysfunctional-famlies, family-turmoil, poetic-prose, tragic
Read from February 21 to March 05, 2011

I would actually give this 4.5 stars if GR was on a half-star rating system. I think I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't delightful. It wasn't uplifting. But the prose was solid and Wood clearly has mastered story-telling. EVen though there was a lot of back and forth with perspectives and time periods, I didn't get confused. The initial plot line was interesting enough, but it was the way the subplots unfolded around the main one that deeply impressed me. The characters were raw, revealing and endearing. And the peaks in the plot kept me enticed to the end, always hopeful that the abandonment that blankets the pages will lift and the subtle spirit of new beginnings will prevail. And it did. Hooray!

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