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The Saturday Read: 'Bitter in the Mouth' by Monique Truong
The Saturday Read: 'Bitter in the Mouth' by Monique Truong

In "The Writing Life," Annie Dillard advises would-be writers to find their bone, the thing that drives them to write, and to work as closely to that bone as possible. Dillard also instructs writers — with another corporeal metaphor — to work as closely along the nerve as possible. Vietnamese American writer Monique Truong's bone is the outsider's plight, and her pen is a scalpel, laying perfect words down along that nerve until even the happiest reader understands what it means to forever stand apart from your family and the larger society you inhabit. "Bitter in the Mouth," Truong's second novel, returns to themes she explored in...

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