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Everything I Never Told You por Celeste Ng
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Everything I Never Told You (original 2014; edição 2015)

por Celeste Ng (Autor)

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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 father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. 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"--… (mais)
Membro:TheBudnicks
Título:Everything I Never Told You
Autores:Celeste Ng (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 297 pages
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This book punched me straight into my stomach and left me speechless. It's one of those stories that requires room to process. A book that can't be followed up with another right away. It's too good. Too tragic. Too touching. Too devastating. From the very first sentence - "Lydia is dead" - we know that, well, Lydia is dead and from there we learn, what happened to the girl and why. It's the story about a family in the 60s and 70s of the last century. Man, son of first-generation Asian immigrants, marries American woman. Back then, that was still a big deal (and we live in a world right now where it seems like it's becoming a big deal again, but that's another horrible story). What was also a big deal back then: women who don't want to end up as mothers and wives at home, cooking meals, taking care of the household. Marilyn is such a woman. She basically despises the life her own mother, her cooking books and her good-housewife attitude. Meanwhile, Marilyn's husband James had to deal with his own problems as an Asian kid in the USA. And Lydia is the daughter who has to deal with all kinds of expectations from her parents. Her mother wants to see her daughter taking on the path she was never allowed to go and become a doctor. Her father wants her to be always nice to everyone and friendly and never complain so that she makes friends and becomes popular at school, something he was never able to be. Then there's son Nathan who has to deal with the fact that Lydia always comes first, that he isn't what his father wants him to be and that no one is interested in his good grades and his interest in astronautics and space technology. Finally, there's Hannah. The youngest. She's mostly ignored by everyone else but seems to see and understand the most.

This is a story of parents damaging their kids. But also, of parents loving their kids but projecting their own hopes and expectations on them, never realizing, that the kids want something different. It's a story about parents wanting to erase the faults of their own upbringing but making entirely new mistakes. And a story about kids who want to be "good" and who love their parents so much that they fear to disappoint them. A vicious cycle.

That book has touched me very deeply. Excellent writing by Celeste Ng. I have read and loved "Little Fires Everywhere" but this one is even a tad bit better.

I'm referring to the audiobook, read by the always wonderful Cassandra Campbell. 5 stars to her as well! ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
I have often thought that tragedy "changes" people but in reality what it does is intensify things that already exist. If there are slight cracks in a relationship it can break them wide open. If there is deceit being played out it will become full blown lies. In this book that idea plays out in big ways. This book ended up hitting me hard as it went along and by the end it was a total emotional gut punch. In feeling (but not in plot, they are in no ways similar) it reminded me of the play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." That play is devastating and if you try to describe what happens to someone who has never seen it they just wonder why the hell you would watch it. But it always lifts me up even as it knocks me down and "Everything I Never Told You" had the same effect. The arc of the story and of the characters is amazing and well worth the trip but man is it hard to watch parents FORCE a child to live out the dreams or ideals that escaped them. So someone denied a career only sees the child as a future doctor. Nothing else exists. A parent who always felt excluded and left out of the social scene only wants friends, sociability and popularity. How about we let people decide for themselves what and who they want to be. Lots of people are happy never having to interact with other people at parties, telling someone to "smile" is so annoying, and there are a lot of ways people can be "successful" and they need to find it for themselves. There is a mystery involved here too and it plays out quite realistically. There is a scene where the parents in this book are fighting at about their low point and wow was it written to be real. Almost too real. It is hard to read it. But it still ended up lifting me up. As great literature does. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Family dynamics

This is a book about family, racism, sexism and healing from the hurt of unspoken words in the most intimate relationships ( )
  nancymaguire | Jul 10, 2021 |
Super slow book for me. I think the story introduces some important ideas, but I just didn't connect with the characters or the plot. ( )
  KarateNurseMary | Jun 7, 2021 |
> Ever since that summer without her mother, their family had felt precarious, as if they were teetering on a cliff. Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it. Anything her mother wanted, she had promised. As long as she would stay. She had been so afraid. So every time her mother said Do you want—? she had said yes.

> In the distance, the light from the dock shone like a star. If she squinted, she could just make out the dim shape of the dock itself, the pale line of boards against the darker night. When she got a little closer, she thought, she would be able to see it perfectly: the boards worn smooth by generations of bare feet, the posts that held them up just above the surface of the water. Carefully, she got to her feet, spreading her arms as the boat swayed. It was not so far. She could do this, she was certain. All she had to do was kick. ( )
  breic | May 31, 2021 |
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“Everything I Never Told You” is a beautifully crafted study of dysfunction and grief. Yes, it may miss a few notes, but the ones it does play will resonate with anyone who has ever had a family drama, never mind a gift.
adicionada por ozzer | editarBoston Globe, Clea Simon (Jul 1, 2014)
 
Everything I Never Told You," Celeste Ng's excellent first novel about family, love and ambition, opens with a death.....In the end, Ng deftly pulls together the strands of this complex, multigenerational novel. "Everything I Never Told You" is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together — and that finally end up tearing it apart.
adicionada por vancouverdeb | editarLA Times
 
Celeste Ng recounts this tragically sad story with sympathy and style and, in its denouement, a real sense of redemption.
 

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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 father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. 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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