Currently Reading: Everything I Never Told You

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Everything I Never Told You appeared on a few 2014 best book lists but the plot sounds interesting in general. The synopsis, from Amazon, is as follows:

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.

Sad to say, I don’t think that I’ve read a lot of books with primarily Asian-American (or Asian in general) characters so I’m looking forward to expanding my horizons. And the cover has me curious – what do these torn strips of paper reference? I have Monday off from work so I’m hoping to have this one finished by mid-week!

Have you read Everything I Never Told You? What were your thoughts on it?

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