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.
For the record-- I don't really review books. I don't feel qualified, BUT I do love to talk about them and like to feel part of the book blogging world.
When I begin to write what I think about these books I list, I read the good read summary and then I think--well, I can't say it any better than that. So I won't go into my own summary.
Did I like it?
Yes, I did.
It was a bit (lot) melancholy, but of course how can a book about death not be, but even when they looked back on their lives, before their daughter's death, which should have been happier times, HOLY COW, it was still melancholy.
Lives so sad-- it made me think of the things we do and say to our children that impacts them in ways we can't even imagine.
Do we have favorite children?
How do we show that without meaning to?
It's a question that is underlying in the book thru-out the story.
The story had a saving grace at the end (family makes a break thru) ( I don't feel that's a spoiler), it left me with tears and smiles.
And still that awful nagging in the back of my mind--- do we favor one child more than another?