Everything I Never Told You (Paperback)

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This powerful debut literary thriller looks at the conflict between the hoped for American Dream and the social isolation that was the reality of a mixed Caucasian Chinese American family in 1970's Ohio. Lydia, the daughter with great promise is missing at the opening of the novel and  found drowned in a nearby lake. Was she murdered? Did she kill herself? As the investigation into her death ebbs and flows family secrets come to light. Why did this lovely, gifted child die? The answer, and the story behind it is riveting and heartbreaking. EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU was on many “best of” lists in 2014 and we are thrilled that it is now available in paperback. Every book club should put this on their reading list. And everyone else should read it, too. So brilliant. ~Cathy Langer, Lead Buyer for the Tattered Cover stores

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New York Times Bestseller - A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice - Winner of the Alex Award- Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction - NEA Big Read Selection


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"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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143127550
ISBN-10: 0143127551
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English