This moving, complex debut featuring a Chinese American family living in Ohio was starting to get critical attention and make its way onto bestseller lists when we presented its author at Ivy Hall, home to the writing program of SCAD-Atlanta. On the same night at SCADshow, the college’s sparkling midtown theater, we were hosting one of the greatest spectacles of which we have ever been a part: a Chuck Palahniuk book signing. While more people may have witnessed Palahniuk’s antics that night, Ng made an indelible impression on everyone of us who met her and read her work. By the time Ng’s equally successful follow-up novel, Little Fires Everywhere, came out, her reputation as a master storyteller who captures the essence of small-town life, striving, and family dynamics justified a venue change to the larger SCADshow.
Penguin Books, June 2015. Trade Paperback. New. Item #217198
"A deep, heartfelt portrait of a family." -- Alexander Chee, The New York Times Book Review
"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another. "Wonderfully moving...A beautifully crafted study of dysfunction and grief." -- The Boston Globe .