A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation Lydia is dead. But they dont know this yet So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mothers bright blue eyes and her fathers jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursuein Marilyns case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydias 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. Lydias older brother, Nathan, is certain the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But its the youngest of the family, Hannah, who observes far more than anyone realizesand 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.
American author, Celeste Ng, is most recognized for two books that she wrote. Everything I Never Told You was her novel in 2014. She won several awards for this writing. Her second book was Little Fires Everywhere. This novel premiered in September of 2017. Like her first offering (Everything I Never Told You), her second book was given accolades by many and received several prestigious awards. Both books were translated into more than 20 languages.
Celeste's formative years were spent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Harvard University and the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she won the Hopewood Award for her short story, What Passes Over.
Ng currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and son. She said once on a book tour that one of her all-time favorite books was Harriet the Spy.