Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng audiobook

Everything I Never Told You

By Celeste Ng
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781482994698

  • ISBN: 9781482994674

  • ISBN: 9781482994681

  • ISBN: 9781483013145

Runtime: 10.03 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the ALA Alex Award

A Salon Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Editors' Pick

A 2014 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A 2014 New York Times Notable Book

A Town & Country Magazine Pick of Mystery Novels for Any Mood

A Massachussetts Book Award - Honor Book

A BookRiot Pick of Best Mystery Audiobooks for Road Trips

A School Library Journal Top Pick of Adult Audiobooks for Teens

The Editor's Choice for #1 Amazon Best Book of 2014

An Electric Literature Selection of 8 Books Exploring What It Means to Be Biracial

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Books That Spark Joy

An EarlyWord Pick for the Big Read Books List

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, June 2014

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet 

So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, 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' case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

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. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family, Hannah, who observes far more than anyone realizes—and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A suspenseful and emotionally complex literary mystery novel…compellingly tense and moving.” Dan Chaon, New York Times bestselling author
“A brilliantly written, surprisingly uplifting exploration of striving in the face of alienation and of the secrets we keep from others.” Parade
“Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family.” Entertainment Weekly
“This ghostly debut novel calls to mind The Lovely Bones.” Marie Claire
“A deep, heartfelt portrait of a family struggling with its place in history and a young woman hoping to be the fulfillment of that struggle. This is, in the end, a novel about the burden of being the first of your kind—a burden you do not always survive.” New York Times Book Review
“A literary mystery crafted out of shimmering prose and precise, painful observation about racial barriers, the burden of familial expectations, and the basic human thirst for belonging.” Huffington Post
“‘Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.’ With an opening like this, rather unexpectedly delivered in Cassandra Campbell’s sweet tone, the listener is easily drawn in…Campbell guides listeners carefully as she explores the complexities of families and society in general…Campbell’s pacing is steady and calm, and her shifts between the past and present are clear.” AudioFile
“Ng uses [Lydia’s] death to crack open the unexamined undercurrents in the parents’ marriage and the town’s inability to accept it. Her prose is measured and eerily perfect, a tone that Campbell expertly matches with her narration. It’s the sort of audiobook that occasionally makes you stop in your tracks while a sentence or moment sinks in.” Salon.com (audio review)
“Captures the tension between cultures and generations with the deft touch of a seasoned writer.” Booklist (starred review)
“This emotionally involving debut novel explores themes of belonging…Ng’s prose is precise and sensitive, her characters richly drawn.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A mesmerizing narrative that shrinks enormous issues of race, prejudice, identity, and gender into the miniaturist dynamics of a single family.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Ng’s emotionally complex debut novel sucks you in like a strong current and holds you fast until its final secrets surface.” Kirkus Reviews
“I couldn’t stop reading Everything I Never Told You…The writing is so smooth and keenly observed. The portrait of each member of the Lee family, the exploration of their mixed-race issues, and the search for the killer of their sister and daughter, Lydia, pulled at my heartstrings to the very end.” Uwem Akpan, author of Say You’re One of Them
“Ng tells a story weighted by death and grief that is vital in all the essential ways; these characters betray and love blindly and are needy and accuse and forgive. They are achingly human, and Ng’s writing about them is tender and merciless all at once. At the same time, her story is also about what it means to live in two worlds at the same time, to be Asian and American, an insider and an outsider, and Ng writes about all this and more with terrific nuance.” Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award–winning author
“Celeste Ng leavens the bridge between the disappearance of a young girl, and the personal histories that precede it, with the larger canvas issues of race and gender, without straying from the riveting emotional territory that make up the cornerstones of family: what is given, what is withheld, and what can never be known. Lydia Lee is every parent’s dream, fear, and devastation, wholly loved, just as completely lost. It is impossible to resist grieving alongside each one of these bereft, deeply realized characters, for we live their lives, and their story becomes ours from the first paragraph of this marvelous book.” Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Celeste Ng

Author Bio: Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is an author whose debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Hopwood Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA’s Alex Award. She is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and was a 2016 NEA fellow. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, attended Harvard University, and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English