Everything I Never Told YouLarge Print - 2014
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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Jcheng1234 Oct 23, 2017
A sad and touching story. The pain and loneliness of the characters weighed heavily on me even after I finished reading the book. The atmosphere feels so gray and suffocating. Interracial marriage in a small town in the 60s was hard. Expectations of parents on children to fulfill their own ... Read More »
Catmamakim Sep 13, 2016
I thought there would be more to the story but it was nevertheless a good read. Perhaps my expectations were too high as I had heard great things about this book. An interesting read and a page-turner.
ehbooklover Jan 14, 2015
First off: I would definitely not consider this to be a mystery. What it is: a beautifully written book that tells the story of a dysfunctional family who is dealing with unimaginable grief after the unexplainable loss of a loved one. It also examines themes of race, identity, and acceptance. A h... Read More »
debwalker May 07, 2014
Powerful - a family tragedy, family secrets, and the experience of growing up Asian American in a small town.
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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.
What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.
“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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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!!