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Publisher Description

'There is much here that might impress Pulitzer and Man Booker judges...Ng brilliantly depicts the destruction that parents can inflict on their children and on each other' Mark Lawson, Guardian

Lydia is the favourite 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 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 centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have 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 realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.

And if you loved Everything I Never Told You, don't miss Celeste Ng's second novel Little Fires Eveywhere

What readers are saying:

'Devastating...A truly tragic but devastatingly well written book'

'Ng is a true craftsman. I implore you to read this. Also my favourite ending of a novel so far this year'

'This is the best book I have read this year'

'Really enjoyed this book, deeply moving, sad and thought provoking'

Fiction & Literature
14 August
Little, Brown Book Group
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

fiftybooks ,

Wanted to keep reading!

Wanted to keep reading, couldn’t put it down, I had to find out what happened. At the same time, I felt for these characters and it made me hug my own children a little tighter.

EmilyScarlett89 ,

One of my favourites!

I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down.

sazzaporter ,

What I think it's telling me

A great reminder about how crucial communication is in relationships and also the importance of support from family, school, work, community & culture. Other themes include prejudice & difference. Sad story but significant. 4/5

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