Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Everything I Never Told You
Lexile = 870
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. 1977, May 3, six thirty in the morning, no one knows anything but this innocuous fact: Lydia is late for breakfast.”
Opening Line.... so nothing I can add would be considered a spoiler. But I did want to know how Lydia died. I was expecting a crime/detective novel. Nope! This is about WHY Lydia died. And it is super painful. In fact, I didn't... couldn't finish this. Lydia's death is every mother's nightmare.
Everything I Never Told You is all about the characters. Lydia is the favorite child of a Chinese American Family in Ohio in the 70's. James, the Chinese father, suffered a great deal from prejudice while growing up and even now as a professor of western literature. Marilyn, Lydia's mother, almost became a doctor. Her family rejected her when she married James.
Lydia's story is how messed up her family is. And it is super painful.