Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.
When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.
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What readers are saying:
'Devastating...A truly tragic but devastatingly well written book'
'Ng is a true craftsman. I implore you to read this. Also my favourite ending of a novel so far this year'
'This is the best book I have read this year'
'Really enjoyed this book, deeply moving, sad and thought provoking'
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- Verlag: Little, Brown Book Group
- Seitenzahl: 304
- Erscheinungstermin: 14.08.2014
- ISBN-13: 9780349134291
- Artikelnr.: 41218310
Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family, Ng s explosive debut chronicles the plight of Marilyn and James Lee after their favored daughter is found dead in a lake. Entertainment Weekly
Excellent an accomplished debut heart-wrenching Ng deftly pulls together the strands of this complex, multigenerational novel. Everything I Never Told You is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together and that finally end up tearing it apart. Los Angeles Times
"Tender and merciless all at once...Vital in all the essential ways." Jesmyn Ward
Wonderfully moving Emotionally precise A beautifully crafted study of dysfunction and grief [This book] will resonate with anyone who has ever had a family drama. Boston Globe
A powerhouse of a debut novel, a literary mystery crafted out of shimmering prose and precise, painful observation about racial barriers, the burden of familial expectations, and the basic human thirst for belonging Ng s novel grips readers from page one with the hope of unraveling the mystery behind Lydia s death and boy does it deliver, on every front. Huffington Post
A subtle meditation on gender, race and the weight of one generation s unfulfilled ambitions upon the shoulders and in the heads of the next Ng deftly and convincingly illustrates the degree to which some miscommunications can never quite be rectified. San Francisco Chronicle
Cleverly crafted, emotionally perceptive Ng sensitively dramatizes issues of gender and race that lie at the heart of the story Ng s themes of assimilation are themselves deftly interlaced into a taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense. O, The Oprah Magazine
Ng moves gracefully back and forth in time, into the aftermath of the tragedy as well as the distant past, and into the consciousness of each member of the family, creating a series of mysteries and revelations that lead back to the original question: what happened to Lydia?...Ng is masterful in her use of the omniscient narrator, achieving both a historical distance and visceral intimacy with each character s struggles and failures On the surface, Ng s storylines are nothing new. There is a mysterious death, a family pulled apart by misunderstanding and grief, a struggle to fit into the norms of society, yet in the weaving of these threads she creates a work of ambitious complexity. In the end, this novel movingly portrays the burden of difference at a time when difference had no cultural value Compelling. Los Angeles Review of Books
The mysterious circumstances of 16-year-old Lydia Lee s tragic death have her loved ones wondering how, exactly, she spent her free time. This ghostly debut novel calls to mind The Lovely Bones. Marie Claire
The first chapter of Celeste Ng s debut novel is difficult the oldest daughter in a family is dead but what follows is a brilliantly written, surprisingly uplifting exploration of striving in the face of alienation and of the secrets we keep from others. This could be my favorite novel of the year. Chris Schluep, Parade
The emotional core of Celeste Ng s debut is what sets it apart. The different ways in which the Lee family handles Lydia s death create internal friction, and most impressive is the way Ng handles racial politics. With a deft hand, she loads and unpacks the implications of being the only Chinese American family in a small town in Ohio. Kevin Nguyen, Grantland
Beautiful and poignant . deftly drawn .It s hard to believe that this is a debut novel for Celeste Ng. She tackles the themes of family dynamics, gender and racial stereotyping, and the weight of expectations, all with insight made more powerful through understatement. She has an exact, sophisticated touch with her prose. The sentences are straightforward. She evokes emotions through devastatingly detailed observations. Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Perceptive a skillful and moving portrayal of a family in pain It is to Ng s credit that it is sometimes difficult for the reader to keep going; the pain and unhappiness is palpable. But it is true to the Lees, and Ng tells all. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Impressive In its evocation of a time and place and society largely gone but hardly forgotten, Everything I Never Told You tells much that today s reader should learn, ponder and appreciate. St. Louis Post-Dispatch