Monique Truong’s second novel, which is told in the utterly distinctive, slyly funny, lovable voice of Linda Hammerick, a nearly friendless outcast in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Linda has many secrets, some of which Truong waits to reveal until later in the novel; but one secret that readers learn immediately is that Linda has synesthesia – she tastes the words that people around her are speaking. “What” might just taste like graham cracker, no big deal to put up with, but other words taste alternately pleasant (“sorry,” glazed doughnut) and strongly nauseating (“flapjacks,” sauerkraut) when spoken.
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