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Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; 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 becomes a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case, that Lydia is popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. But Lydia is under pressure that has nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small-town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.

Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies, and race.

More about the author: Celeste Ng is an American writer and novelist. She has released many short stories that have been published in a variety of literary journals. Ng’s first novel, Everything I Never Told You, released on June 26, 2014, won the Amazon Book of the Year award,[2] as well as praise from critics. Ng’s short story Girls at Play won a Pushcart Prize in 2012 and was a 2015 recipient of the Alex Awards. Her most recent novel is Little Fires Everywhere. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020.[6]

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