Lydia is dead. But they dont 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 Lydias body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been ke...
|Title||:||Everything I Never Told You|
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Everything I Never Told You Reviews
“Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.”
This book is a fantastic character portrait. I don't read these kinds of stories too often - family dramas with a focus on the everyday - but when I do I'm usually pleasantly surprised. As much as I'm a lover of amazing story arcs with problems and terrifying consequences, there really is something so fascinating about... people.
A book that focuses on the dynamics betwe ...more
WHAT A GREAT BOOK. I'm mad at myself for waiting so long to pick this up, and I sort of wish I'd read my physical copy rather than listening to the audiobook, but whatever. It was still really great! This is the type of book I feel would be more enjoyable on the page than on audio, but with that being said the audiobook was well done.
This is the story of a dysfunctional family dealing with the death of 16-year-old Lydia, the middle child. You get to see snapshots of each family member's life, in ...more
Gorgeously written. Really subtle storytelling but the tension built in a really excruciating, smart way that kept me holding my breath. I also love how Ng approached writing the challenges of identity and difference for both women and people of color, as well as how much the burden of expectations can truly weigh.
This was a really frustrating, sad, and uncomfortable read for me and wish that I could have felt more of a connection with these characters. I almost didn't finish listening to this and thought I would probably have enjoyed it much more if I read the print copy of this book instead. The characters mostly came across as angry, disrespectful, and rude which made it really hard for me to empathize with these characters and the story.
Gorgeous, tenderly rendered story about a family tragedy with deep roots.
The book’s opening is austere: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. 1977, May 3, six thirty in the morning, no one knows anything but this innocuous fact: Lydia is late for breakfast.” From the bare bones of that terrible fact, the story blooms, tendril after tendril, the past entwining the present and reaching into the future.
James Lee is an American-born Chinese professor of history, teaching at Middlewood Colleg ...more
Everything i never told you, Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng is an American writer and novelist. She has released many short stories that have been published in a variety of literary journals. Ng's first novel, "Everything I Never Told You", was released on June 26, 2014 and has won many awards such as Amazon Book of the year as well as praise from critics. Ng's short story "Girls at Play" won a Pushcart Prize in 2012.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش داستان: روز بیست و نهم ماه ژانویه سال 2015 میلادی
عنوان: تمام آنچه که ...more
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“They will dissect this last evening for years to come. What had they missed that they should have seen? What small gesture, forgotten, might have changed everything? They will pick it down to the bones, wondering how this had all gone so wrong, and they will never be sure.”
Hrrrrrrrrm. Good news is, I don’t think it’s necessarily only me this time.
The problem for me with Everything I Never Told You was with the characters. I don’t ...more