Happy #FridayReads! I just finished Celeste Ng’s EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, which I enjoyed a lot. It’s a debut novel by a writer with an affiliation to my beloved Grub Street Writers, about how attitudes in and around a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio send emotional ripples from the parents to the children, with heartbreaking consequences.
A great cause-and-effect book of how our presumptions and misunderstandings can affect each other, EVERYTHING reminded me a little of THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER with its readability and emphasis on the sadness and destruction of secrets kept. But (& ever though I hate to talk smack about another writer) I thought the writing and premise in EVERYTHING was much better, with less melodrama and more beautiful similes (I always love a good simile!).
Ms. Ng has a beautiful review from the New York Times Book Review and she’s currently on tour, so please give her your readership! EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU is newly out in paperback–book clubs, take notice.
* To purchase EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, please click here. See you next week for another #FridayReads! *