Everything I Never Told You

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Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng

Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594205712, 297pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2014

Description
"Lydia is dead. But they don t know this yet" . . . So begins thestory of this exquisite debut novel, about a ChineseAmerican family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee;their middle daughter, a girl who inherited hermother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-blackhair. Her parents are determined that Lydia willfulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue inMarilyn's case that her daughter become a doctorrather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydiabe popular at school, a girl with a busy social life andthe center of every party.
When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, thedelicate balancing act that has been keeping the Leefamily together tumbles into chaos, forcing them toconfront the long-kept secrets that have been slowlypulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, setsout on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage.Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined tofind a responsible party, no matter what the cost.Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that theneighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved.But it's the youngest of the family Hannah whoobserves far more than anyone realizes and whomay be the only one who knows the truth aboutwhat happened.
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, "Everything I Never Told You"is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive familyportrait, exploring the divisions between culturesand the rifts within a family, and uncovering theways in which mothers and daughters, fathers andsons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.


About the Author
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Sheattended Harvard University and earned an MFA fromthe University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan), where shewon the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays haveappeared in "One Story," "TriQuarterly," "Bellevue Literary Review," the "Kenyon Review Online," and elsewhere, and she is therecipient of the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son."


NPR
Saturday, Jun 28, 2014

In times of tragedy, our deepest insecurities can take over. In Celeste Ng's new novel, set in the Midwest in the late 1970s, the fear that bubbles up is related to race and identity. More at NPR.org

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