Meetings are held in the VIP/Community Room of Panera Bread in the Charleston Town Center Mall (first floor on the Sears/Macy's end) from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM on the last Wednesday of each month. Discussions are led by librarians from the Kanawha County Public Library.
Books are available at the Kanawha County Public Library Main, just ask for the Mall Book Group book. (BookDivasReads)… (more)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng discussion
A Novel Approach Book Discussion Group: Join us on the third Wednesday of every month to discuss engaging and thought-provoking popular fiction. This month's selection: EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng. Please call Sarah at 623-930-3844 for a list of discussion titles and more information. (DoctorFate)
So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town 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’s 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 that 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. Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press), which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book for 2014, and Amazon's #1 Best Book of the Year 2014. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.
Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Wednesday, July 9, 7:30 PM Celeste Ng presents Everything I never told you In conversation with Catherine Chung Co-hosted by the Asian American Writers Workshop Wine reception to follow
Pushcart Prize winner Celeste Ng, who read at Greenlight in May as one of the One Story Literary Debutantes, presents her debut novel Everything I never told you, the story of a mixed-race family in the 1970s and the tragedy that may be their undoing or their salvation. Both a gripping page turner and a moving portrait of love, loss, and the meaning of home, the novel introduces the unforgettable Lee family, whose beloved middle child is found dead in their Ohio suburb, and their journey through grief in search of understanding. Ng talks about race, family, and fiction this evening with Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country, an acclaimed novel of Korean immigrants. Greenlight is proud to partner with the Asian American Writers Workshop to present this reading and discussion, which will be followed by a wine reception.
Location: Street: 686 Fulton Street City: Brooklyn, Province: New York Postal Code: 11217 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her 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 and is a 2016 NEA fellow. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at http://celesteng.com or follow her on Twitter: @pronounced_ing.