Reading: Everything I Never Told You

Complicated family relationships, like a geometry lesson, or a tiny solar system that pulls and tugs itself around one event…. I’ve come late to this book about the Lee family. Celeste Ng‘s book was a NY Times Bestseller, but I’m glad I waited to read it until I was ready for its voice.

The beginning is quietly rough, and I found myself leaping to assumptions about character motivations, which in turn made me think about stereotyping behavior. The recurring ebb and flow of loss and return gave patterns to the book (misleading or moving the plot forward). And at the end, I was left with an idea about the “why” behind the build-up of actions. I felt like time continued to float out from the end of the book, and I could see in my mind’s eye where the characters would travel.

“Years from now, they will still be arranging the pieces they know, puzzling over her features, redrawing her outlines in their mind. Sure that they’ve got her right this time…”

I’m not ready for this quiet book to end. I can still hear the voices of Lydia, Marilyn, James, Heather, Nathaniel, and Jack. Any other readers out there wondering about future revelations and paths in their live(s)?

 

 

2 Responses to “Reading: Everything I Never Told You”


  1. 1 Anne Bonney October 3, 2017 at 9:53 am

    She’s a Shaker Heights girl. I should probably read it. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • 2 wordtapestry October 4, 2017 at 12:04 am

      People tell me I should read Anne Tyler due to where she lived (and where she sets her novels). It’s possible that you should check out Ng, and then gauge if you want her first novel to be your intro.


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