Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

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Penguin, May 12, 2015 - Fiction - 336 pages
The acclaimed debut novel by the author of Little Fires Everywhere

“A taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

Explosive . . . Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family.” —Entertainment Weekly

“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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User Review  - bobbieharv - LibraryThing

Well-written but the characters didn't seem quite real. The plot was very reliant on Asian-American prejudice which I realize is real but felt a bit overdone (though obviously Ng knows more about it than I do). Read full review

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The story is about a Chinese American family living in a small town in Ohio in the 1970's. Marilyn, the mother, is determined that their oldest daughter, Lydia will become a doctor. When 16 year old ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
57
Section 4
77
Section 5
102
Section 6
124
Section 7
158
Section 8
195
Section 9
217
Section 10
240
Section 11
253
Section 12
277
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About the author (2015)

CELESTE NG grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. She is the author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere.

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