Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

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Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press HC, 2014
ISBN: 9781482994643 (electronic audio bk.)
148299464X (electronic audio bk.)
Branch Call Number: eAUDIOBOOK FIC NG
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)

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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 an... Read More »

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite 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... Read More »

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite 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... Read More »

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ValleyViewLibrarians Nov 03, 2014

Intricately plotted and with luminous characterizations, this will appeal to readers who like to be wholly immersed in their stories. Ng expertly uses five different voices to slowly peel back what seems like hundreds of layers in this family drama, creating an authentic family portrait that is ... Read More »


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JCLEmilyD Jun 23, 2020

From the same author that brought you Little Fires Everywhere. Same writing style. Not sure what's going on? Yeah, me either. Keeps you wondering until the end.
Bonus points for author of color!

IndyPL_LindsayH May 27, 2020

I devoured Little Fires Everywhere a few years ago,, but waited until now to read this book. It was just as enthralling to me! I wish it was longer, but it’s length probably was a good move by Celestine to ensure the text was powerful.

It is the story of the pressures of growing up in America. The pressure to fit in and succeed socially and academically.

I just wish Celestine would write more!!

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ellenorndorf
May 19, 2020

I read this during while at home. I didn't really like it. I thought it was depressing. It is about a Chinese American family living in 1970s Ohio. The mom character lives vicariously through her oldest daughter.

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elisabeth_23
Apr 06, 2020

I love Celeste Ng's writing style. It is so beautiful. "Everything I Never Told You" tells the story of family breaking apart due to the death of one of the daughters, Lydia. It explores many family issues, one being miscommunications that result from never really sitting down and talking as a family. It is absolutely heart breaking to read through the book, but it is a wonderfully, emotionally complex book to dive into.

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sandysalm
Mar 31, 2020

DGG: This beautifully written and emotionally complex novel about the death of a troubled teen captures the tension between Chinese and American cultures and generations.

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LindNor11
Feb 15, 2020

A touching story about a family struggling with teen suicide and the family dynamics that allowed it to happen.

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johnjamison
Jan 31, 2020

It is depressing watching a family fall apart because of miscommunications but still worth a read and insight into being another culture in the midst of of a white community..

VaughanPLDavidB Jan 29, 2020

While reading this, I felt as if the author was consciously trying to jam into her story every plot device of every family drama she had ever read: racism, sexism, unfulfilled parental dreams and regrets, the child who becomes the unwilling repository of those dreams but can't be honest with her parents, another brilliant child whose success is just assumed, a third who is ignored if not actually resented, teen angst, marital infidelity, unrequited homosexual love. It's as if the author couldn't decide what to focus on so she threw everything at the story but the proverbial kitchen sink. The result is a cliched mess. The book is both too short and too long. Too short to properly explore everything the author introduces, and too long for me to keep caring about what happens around the central plot point.

Hillsboro_JenF Jan 10, 2020

A heartbreaking and suspenseful family drama with incredibly well drawn characters. Beautifully written and hard to put down.

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Bklvr1981
Dec 26, 2019

OK read. Never really any changes in excitement of story (i.e revelations, climax).

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elisabeth_23
Apr 30, 2020

“The things that go unsaid are often the things that eat at you--whether because you didn't get to have your say, or because the other person never got to hear you and really wanted to.”

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elisabeth_23
Apr 30, 2020

“Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.”

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

A few months later, when they were married, they made a pact: to let the past drift away, to stop asking questions, to look forward from then on, never back.

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

He smelled the way velvet felt, something you wanted to run your hands over and then press into your face.

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

How good the rain would feel, like crying all over her body.

ellensix Jun 05, 2017

All their lives Nath had understood, better than anyone, the lexicon of their family, the things they could never truly explain to outsiders: that a book or a dress meant more than something to read or something to wear; that attention came with expectations that-- like snow-- drifted and settled and crushed you with their weight.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.

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shayshortt
Nov 05, 2015

“The famous women had bored her. Their stories were all the same: told they couldn’t; decided to anyway. Because they really wanted to, she wondered, or because they were told not to?”

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kn1226
Sep 14, 2015

Don’t ever smile if you don’t want to.

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siammarino Jan 15, 2015

The apparent suicide of their daughter Lydia threatens to tear the Lee family apart. As Chinese Americans in a small Ohio town, they already feel marginalized. This is a great novel about minorities, prejudice, and parenting mistakes. Never force your child into the career you wished you had pursued!!

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