Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Monday What are you reading... Everything I Never Told You

 

from inside flap of the hardcover copy

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.

I'm about half way through this book, and it's a page turner.

What are you reading is hosted by Sheila from book journey. 

My computer is once again on the fritz so posts are irregular at best.  See you soon I hope.

2 comments:

Jenny said...

Oooooh that sounds good, dear Irene. I am reading Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato (I picked it up for $1 at Dollar Tree) and so far it has made me both laugh and cry. That's always a good sign. xoxo and Happy Valentine's Day!

bermudaonion said...

It sounds like a page turner - I'm glad you're enjoying it!