Start: 10/29/2011 2:00 pm
Co-presented with HEDGEBROOK and the WOMEN'S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION BOOK GROUP MONTH. Monique Truong's first reading at Elliott Bay for her debut novel, The Book of Salt, left readers eager for more. Her much-awaited second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, new in paper), winner of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is the story of Linda Hammerick, who has a special yet burdensome gift: she experiences words as tastes. "After an opening that feels like pure Southern Gothic, complete with an emotionally withholding mom and a gay great-uncle who could be channeling Tennessee Williams, Truong wields her narrative like a quarterstaff, knocking readers' expectations right out from under them." – The Washington Post. Monique Truong is both an alumna and Fellow of Hedgebrook Writers Retreat (www.hedgebrook.org), which will host an informal reception in her honor as part of today's program.
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 8/2011