This is the second book I have read by Celeste Ng in the past few months. I enjoy her work. She writes about ethnically diverse families. In Everything I Never Told You, she focuses on the Lee Family, a Chinese American family in small-town Ohio.
There are two underlying themes to this book, both compelling. The outward struggle of a mixed race family in rural Ohio, where such a thing is rare, and people still openly practice racism and shunning. The effect this has on teenagers trying to fit into American high school is tragic.
But the book is also about family, the ties that bind. Within the story you find the struggles of an intelligent women who gave up a promising career to raise her children, a brilliant man who has settled for a job below his intelligence level and their three children.
Without really seeing what is happening, mother Marilyn and father James put tremendous pressure on one child, constantly criticize another and completely ignore the third until life unravels in the Lee family and the unthinkable happens.
A tragic family saga of Chinese American life in midwest America. Interesting and irresistable page-turner.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Four Stars for Everything I Never Told You.
Shaker Heights is a perfect little community outside of Cleveland. Perfect houses. Perfect lawns. Perfect jobs. Perfect schools. And the perfect Richardson Family. Leading this family is Elena Richardson, lifelong Shaker Heights resident and a perfect citizen who follows the rules.
The perfection begins to unravel the day Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl arrive in Shaker Heights, moving into a rental house owned by the Richardson’s. Mia, an unconventional artist and mother, as far from the Shaker Heights kind of women Elena Richardson aspires to.
Mia’s mysterious past, Elena’s nosy obsession, Pearl’s friendship with the Richardson children and Izzy’s (the youngest daughter) obsession with Mia and desire for a different life than Shaker Heights, will collide in a heartbreaking tale of loss in so many ways.
Little Fires Everywhere will make you sit up and think about your own choices in life, secrets you carry, decisions you’ve made and what really is the meaning of family and mother.
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