Book Review for EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL by Mira T. Lee
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL by Mira T. Lee
Pamela Dorman Books
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A beautifully written story filled with heart, honesty, and the effect of mental illness on all those involved.
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL is an eloquent, heartwarming, and witty story. I was not completely sure of what I would expect with this book, but the story of Lucia, Miranda, and all those that enter their lives is one that I will not soon forget.
Lee brings to life a disease that few can truly understand. She shows compassion for the Lucia, but never lets her off the hook for her actions. There on consequences she and her loved ones must face.
This book is nothing short of an authentic and engaging read. It tackles multiple social issues, including immigration and deportation, with grace and reverence. By giving certain characters' a voice, the reader was able to see a side that we might not have been able to understand. The flow of the narrative was effortless just as if I were there living Lucia and Miranda's lives beside them.
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL is a must read.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Two Chinese-American sisters—Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. Lucia impetuously plows ahead, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth.
Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again—but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans—but what does it take to break them?
Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, an immigrant story, and a young woman’s quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it’s also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone—and when loyalty to one’s self must prevail over all.
About the Author: Mira T. Lee's debut novel, EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL, was recently named a Top 10 Debut of Winter/Spring 2018 by the American Booksellers Association. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review, Harvard Review, and TriQuarterly, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. Mira is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in Cambridge, MA.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (January 16, 2018)
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