Everything Here Is Beautiful (Hardcover)

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The story of two sisters spans the globe: China, New York City, Ecuador, and Switzerland. As husbands, children, and in-laws jostle for attention, the younger sister's mental and emotional footing becomes unmoored. The helpful, harsh, and misguided decisions of her sister and family demonstrate their urgency to act, and the need to refrain when action compromises their own sanity. — Mike Hare

This novel is a heartbreaking tale of Lucia, her mental illness, and the people who love her. The story takes you up and down along her harrowing journey trying to maintain a normal life. Her sister Miranda is her keeper from countries away. Told from the point of view of people and places in a very unique way. This is a story of strength, love, and dedication. — Molly Halpin


‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters."--Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

"There's not a false note to be found, and everywhere there are nuggets to savor. Why did it have to end?" --O Magazine

"A bold debut. . . Lee sensitively relays experiences of immigration and mental illness, . . . a distinct literary voice." -Entertainment Weekly

"Extraordinary. . . If you love anyone at all, this book is going to get you." -USA Today

A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak

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 work has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, including The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and Triquarterly. She was awarded an Artist's Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of Stanford University, and currently lives with her husband and two young sons in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her debut novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780735221963
ISBN-10: 0735221960
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English
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