“Every Bitter Thing is a very readable, intense, and compelling addition to the literature of difficult, harrowing childhoods. The story feels very real . . . it will affect you deeply.“
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Hardy Jones’ book, Every Bitter Thing reveals a side to childhood abuse not often covered and often over-looked, the boy’s side. It is a common misconception that only girls suffer from abuse and that it is always a family member. Jones’s book proves these two misconceptions false.
The story begins with the author giving the reader a picture of an overbearing and at times verbally and physically abusive father. Subtly, through the scenes with the father a light is shed on an unexpected victimizer.
This story comes out during a time in the literary world that memoirs are being revealed as literary gems and establishing itself in the publishing world. Hardy Jones reveals this other side of abuse with humor and candor and realism.