Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng
This is an ADVANCE READING COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOF. Originally intended for a book reviewer. Softcover in very good plus condition. Mild shelf wear. Fiction.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-11-12

As an interracial family in 1960s small-town America, the Lees face an assortment of challenges. Marilyn, the ambitious daughter of a conservative mother, aches to stand out through academic achievement. James, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants nothing more than to fit in in a society unused to faces such as his. Drawn together, each attracted to the differences they see in the other, Marilyn and James settle into a relatively predictable life. Until their middle child, Lydia, is found dead.

This book traces the effect of Lydia's death of each member of the family, and the events of their lives that brought them to this point. Nathan, the eldest son, who fears that he alone knows who is responsible for Lydia's death. Hannah, the youngest daughter, who observes much more than she herself is ever observed. Each family member with the individual goals that are so important to them, but that they haven't shared with one another.

From the beginning, I was eager to understand Lydia's fate; but, as I read, I became more and more concerned with each family member (granted some more than others), and how each would survive the catastrophe. A real-page turner, perfectly paced with a satisfying unravelling - a great read.
 

Reviewed: 2020-09-09
This book is right in the feels...
Reviewed: 2016-12-11

As an interracial family in 1960s small-town America, the Lees face an assortment of challenges. Marilyn, the ambitious daughter of a conservative mother, aches to stand out through academic achievement. James, the son of Chinese immigrants, wants nothing more than to fit in in a society unused to faces such as his. Drawn together, each attracted to the differences they see in the other, Marilyn and James settle into a relatively predictable life. Until their middle child, Lydia, is found dead. 

This book traces the effect of Lydia's death of each member of the family, and the events of their lives that brought them to this point. Nathan, the eldest son, who fears that he alone knows who is responsible for Lydia's death. Hannah, the youngest daughter, who observes much more than she herself is ever observed. Each family member with the individual goals that are so important to them, but that they haven't shared with one another.

From the beginning, I was eager to understand Lydia's fate; but, as I read, I became more and more concerned with each family member (granted some more than others), and how each would survive the catastrophe. A real-page turner, perfectly paced with a satisfying unravelling - a great read.

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