Beautifully written, wonderful story, heartfelt, kept me interested. If you read and enjoyed "The Kindness of Strangers" try this book.
ANY BITTER THING was the January 2013 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. Unfortunately, apart from a few insightful lines in the opening narrative, I was bored stiff.
The writing style was awkward, and so was the relationship between the main character, Lizzy and the "bad samaritan" who came to her aid the night of her accident. There were also too many tragedies thrown into the mix and it wasn't handled in a very engaging way.
The more interesting story line dealing with Lizzy's childhood and her uncle the priest was told, rather than shown, in favor of taking the reader through the boring day-to-day thought process of Lizzy as an adult.
All in all, this was just a boring heap of tragic who cares. So if you tend to enjoy that sort of thing, ANY BITTER THING might just be for you.
I give this one a D+.
I only gave it 3 stars because the story seemed to draaaagg on for me. I did, however, like the theme that family is what we make of it and those who love us make sacrifices that we may never be aware of.