Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You

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"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.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781101634615
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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 ... Read More »

"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 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 ... Read More »

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Omaha Adult Librarians Sep 17, 2018

"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, ... Read More »


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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_JennyFl 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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p33atti
Dec 09, 2019

I really loved the writing in this book. The author nailed the emotion and LACK OF emotion. I will be reading all of her future books! :-)

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 06, 2019

I loved this book. By turns heartbreaking, frustrating, shocking and infuriating, this story is about a teenage girl named Lydia in the 1970s whose body is found at the bottom of the local pond. The way each member of her family grieves is painful and realistic, since everyone knew Lydia was the favorite child. Did someone hurt her, did she do this to herself, or was it an accident? The lovely writing will pull you right from the very beginning, and during the last two pages I cried pretty much nonstop. There's a little bit of a waiting list for this title, but it's so worth it. I'm going to buy it. Those last few sentences... — Allison C., Maple Grove Library

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hollymsellers
Oct 26, 2019

292 pages

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BellJuju
Sep 26, 2019

The book is sad, sad, sad. Ng's other book is sad, sad, sad. Hopefully her real life isn't like this. Gosh, Ng needs to lighten up some. I can't imagine how depressed Ng must be when writing her books.

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celiawhite99
Sep 20, 2019

Very good easy read

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ambdizzle
Aug 23, 2019

I highly recommend! Not even two chapters in I remember thinking, ‘This is the most beautiful book.’

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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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Nov 07, 2015

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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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Sexual Content: Read with caution. Not suitable for kids AT ALL

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