My favorite book this year is finally out in paperback! Outstanding prose, vibrant three dimensional characters combine to make this quiet powerful story unforgettable. The subtlle storyline will keep you holding your breathe. From the opening sentence, I could tell I was going to be hooked..am anxiously awaiting a second novel....
“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.
“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