The Inaugural Selection from The Ladies' Home Journal Book Club

Bitter in the Mouth

A Novel by Monique Truong

Bestselling author of The Book of Salt

"Truong explores—and explodes—[her characters'] secrets at a captivating pace. . . . Reminiscent of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter."
—The New York Times Book Review

About the Book

Bitter in the Mouth is a brilliant, virtuosic novel about a young woman's search for identity and the true meaning of family.

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About the Author

MONIQUE TRUONG was born in Saigon and currently lives in New York City. Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times Notable Book. It won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Asian American Literary Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Stonewall Book Award, and was a finalist for Britain's Guardian First Book Award. She is a recipient of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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