cover image from goodreads.com”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.
(Story synopsis from cover of Penguin edition of novel.)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is the June Pi Phi Pages virtual book club read. I had been waiting to read this book ever since it arrived in the mail early in May. (Thank you Amazon!) I always try to wait until the actual month for each one of the book club books, otherwise I would probably read the entire year’s worth of books early on in the year. 🙂 Continue reading