Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

Celeste Ng
“If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now. . . . Deep, heartfelt.” —The New York Times Book Review“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, 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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Reviewed: 2018-01-22

I have mixed feelings about this one. At first I thought it was a mystery thriller but then it became clear that this was about family dynamics with the "mystery" as just a backdrop. I also thought the switching between character point of views rapidly, even mid-paragraph sometimes, was disorienting. Overall it was a good story with some powerful themes.

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