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Monica Wood

Biography

Monica Wood

Monica Wood is the author of WHEN WE WERE THE KENNEDYS and several novels, including ANY BITTER THING, a national bestseller. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and many other publications. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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Monica Wood

Books by Monica Wood

by Monica Wood - Fiction

The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don't they teach you anything at school? So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed, Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she's confessing secrets she has kept hidden for decades. One Saturday, the boy doesn't show up. Ona starts to think he's not so special after all, but then his father arrives on her doorstep, determined to finish his son's good deed. The boy's mother is not so far behind. Ona is set to discover that the world can surprise us at any age, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.

by Monica Wood - Fiction

Mexico, Maine, 1963: The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on the fathers’ wages from the Oxford Paper Company. But when Dad suddenly dies on his way to work, Mum and the four deeply connected Wood girls are set adrift. WHEN WE WERE THE KENNEDYS is the story of how a family, a town, and then a nation mourns and finds the strength to move on.