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Monica Wood

Monica Wood is the author of an earlier novel, Secret Language, and a guide for fiction writers, Description. Her short stories, some of which have been nominated for the National Magazine Award and read on public radio, have appeared in such publications as Glimmer Train, Redbook, Manoa, Yankee, Best American Mystery Stories 1997, Twenty Timeless Stories, and Sudden Fiction International. She won a 1999 Pushcart Prize. A native of Mexico, Maine, she currently lives in Portland with her husband. She can be reached at her Web site, www.monicawood.com.

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Any Bitter Thing
Written by Monica Wood
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$13.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-47768-2 (0-345-47768-5)

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 in the rectory of his Maine church... Read more






Ernie's Ark
Written by Monica Wood
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 2004
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-47716-3 (0-345-47716-2)

The paper mill looms up from the riverbank in Abbott Falls, Maine, a town once drenched with ordinary hopes and dreams, now praying for a small drop of good fortune. Ernie Whitten, a pipe fitter, was three weeks away from a pension-secured retirement when the union went on strike eight months... Read more






My Only Story
Written by Monica Wood
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | May 2001
$19.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-44293-2 (0-345-44293-8)

He came to me first in a dream, as a crippled dog angling down a country lane, puzzled by his sudden age, his bum paw, the dry stick clamped between his teeth. I’d been expecting this dream for a very long time, and I woke up moving. . . .

Rita Rosario... Read more






Secret Language
Written by Monica Wood
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | May 2002
$19.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-44907-8 (0-345-44907-X)

Connie has trouble with time. She always has to stop and think a minute: How old is she now? . . . Faith always seems to know, though her life is the same as Connie’s: back and forth to theater towns all over. The same dingy food, the same noisy sidewalks... Read more





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