Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 304 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 2 minutes
First Published: 2020
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Quotes from Everything I Never Told You
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.
Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.
People decide what you’re like before they even get to know you
How had it begun? Like everything: with mothers and fathers. Because of Lydia’s mother and father, because of her mother’s and father’s mothers and fathers.
About Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng is the bestselling author of two novels, Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shaker Heights, Ohio. Visit the author’s website →