Sunday, July 12, 2015

Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng has written a beautiful, lyrical book in Everything I Never Told You.  Her style weaves a vivid sense of the family at the heart of the book, starting from when the parents met and then bringing us to the present.

Lydia is the high school age of Marilyn and James Lee in a small town in Ohio during the 1970s.  Her father is ethnic Chinese while her mother is blonde.  As we begin the book, Lydia has gone missing.  At first, her parents falter at how to cope but they, as we, begin to realize how little they knew about their daughter.  The parents met at Harvard and we fall into the midst of this together family suddenly unhinged.

Family secrets and words unspoken begin to weave into the narrative.  What do we really know about those we love?  What secrets do we keep even from ourselves.

I absolutely adore this book!

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