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  • Published: New York : Penguin Press HC, 2014.
  • Year Published: 2014
  • Description: 297 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781594205712
  • 159420571X


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Everything I never told you

by Ng, Celeste.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult

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" Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, 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 center of every party. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family-Hannah-who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and 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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definitely engaging

I was immediately swept into this novel - Ng is a very compelling writer. Her characters felt realistic and relatable, even when they were doing things I completely disagreed with. This is a novel about people who need to communicate, people who are terribly selfish, especially when they think they aren't, and the sadness that comes with feeling alone in a group. Recommended.

Quick and Fascinating Read

This book had me very intrigued. The plot was a compelling exploration of familial relationships, family secrets and other drama.

Glad I read this

Normally, I am not a very fast reader but I checked this one out on a Zoom Lends and I'm so glad I did! Very good story and quite a page turner. I managed to read it all in one week.


I thought this was a beautifully written novel about a family in grieving.


Sad story but well done.


A page turner about family secrets and the way grief takes hold of members of this family in different ways.

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