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Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
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Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and... show more
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what 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 family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594205712 (159420571X)
ASIN: 159420571X
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Category:
Mystery
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Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
5.0 Everything I Never Told You
Very good book to listen to with a partner. Any one who grew up in a family or has a family (practically everyone) can relate to it on some level. My wife and I spent almost as much time talking about the story as we spent listening to it. The author was good at picking stray factoids from the ti...
Book Cupidity
Book Cupidity rated it
2.0 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“Lydia, five years old, standing on tiptoe to watch vinegar and baking soda foam in the sink. Lydia tugging a heavy book from the shelf, saying, "Show me again, show me another." Lydia, touching the stethoscope, ever so gently, to her mother’s heart. Tears blur Marilyn’s sight." Echoing laughte...
Audio Book Junkie
Audio Book Junkie rated it
5.0 “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng – as close to perfect as a novel can get
I've never read a novel quite like "Everthing I Never Told You". I was completely engrossed in it from the opening sentence: "Lydia is dead, but they don't know this yet." I wanted more and more of it, even though it was so unbearably sad that I could not listen to it without finding myself in t...
Sad Books Say So Much
Sad Books Say So Much rated it
5.0 Completed December 22, 2015
Dear Louisa, I think you knew, back then, that my fractured heart was not yours for the keeping. Thank you for backing off and making it possible for me to reclaim my life. Shattered by loss and grief, bewildered by the evaporation of my most cherished dreams, I turned to a familiar face when lo...
Khadijz the booklover
Khadijz the booklover rated it
1.5 just meh
Personally I think there was a lot of complexity in the ending we don't know why did Lydia kill her self or not ! and why would she do it ? and jack saying that it was nath's fault what was that about ? Lots of questions ... no answers
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