Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

Everything Here Is Beautiful

Two sisters: Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the vibrant, headstrong, unconventional one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts to hear voices, it's Miranda who must fight for the help her sister needs — even as Lucia refuses to be defined by any doctor's diagnosis. Determined, impetuous, she plows ahead, marrying a big-hearted Israeli only t...

Details Everything Here Is Beautiful

TitleEverything Here Is Beautiful
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Adult, Adult Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews Everything Here Is Beautiful

  • Emily May
    And then, her worst fear: that the line between her sister and her illness was becoming irrevocably blurred. Lately, I'm really enjoying these quieter family drama books with strong writing, unforgettable characters, and a deep emotional pull. Perhaps I'm a little burned out on tropes and action but, whatever the reason, Everything Here Is Beautiful worked its way into my heart and kept me hooked on the characters' lives until the very last page....
  • Jen
    There are moments of beauty for everyone when one clears away the fog; the clutter. In nature, in joy. We all experience it- Young and old; heathy; sick. The optimist and sometimes even the pessimist. And for those who suffer from mental illness- The highs; the lows. The instability of the disease and the stability of relationships.But there is a whole lot going on in this story that is not beautiful, but instead very sad and heartbreaking. This ...
  • Crumb
    This novel was an intense meditation on how mental illness can affect not only the person suffering, but everyone around them. It was about one woman’s descent into madness and a sister who stood by and fought to protect her with every fragment of her being. Although this book was about mental illness, schizophrenia to be precise, it was about so much more than that. It was about love,family, and tenacity. It was also about the bond between two...
  • Elyse
    Audiobook.....with fantastic narrators: Cassandra Campbell, Emily Woo Zeller, and others. ISRAELI’S DON’T ICE FISH!...... .....Hello? They live in the desert- ice fishing in Michigan is crazy-thinking to a grumpy Israeli-immigrant. A few times I laughed - laughed hard - as I felt I understood Yonah, ( a character from Israel)...who had no interest in ICE FISHING....Yonah was just one of the complex characters we come to know.But - most of the...
  • Angela M
    There are times when everything here really is beautiful, but there were many times when it wasn't. The times when the complexities of a woman's recurring mental illness not only take over her life, but impacts the lives of the people close to her - her sister, the men in her life, her baby daughter. This story is filled with sadness and love as Lucia struggles with her demons, those voices in her head, the ups and downs, while trying to just liv...
  • Mary Beth
    Lucia is a schizophrenic and Miranda tries everything she can to help her sister. She did the best she could. The author shows how each person close to Lucia is touched by this mental illness. This book is so heartbreaking. I am not sure who struggles the most, the family or the one with the mental illness. I don't think anyone knew the severity of Lucia's illness but her sister did. Lucia seemed to need people on her side to tell her its O.K not...
  • Diane S ☔
    4.5 Mental illness and the huge toll it takes on family, friends and the sufferers themselves. We meet two sisters, Jie, the responsible one, the protector and Lucia, creative, whimsical, impetuous. Two very different women, trying to have stable lives, but find many impediments in their paths. Stable lives built on an unstable foundation. We hear many different viewpoints, from different people, see and feel many different sides as those close t...
  • Karen
    5 Stars for this heartbreaking story of a young woman named Lucia with mental illness, who struggles with the “serpents” inside her. A story of how this mental illness impacts her relationships with her very close older sister, and then later her husband, lover, and child. We are taken to many locations in this book as Lucia changes her life course.. from New York, to Ecuador, to Minnesota. Also covered in this story are immigration, and Ment...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 Deeply moving, honest stars to Everything Here Is Beautiful!May all books about mental health challenges be this honest, this realistic. From the start, I was enthralled with Miranda and Lucia’s characters. These sisters had an interesting beginning in the United States after moving with their single mother from China. Family stories are always my favorite, and this one delivered “family” on every level. The story follows Miranda and Luci...
  • Larry H
    4.5 stars, rounded up.I'm not crying, you're crying."But it was impossible to know the truth of another's interior life. Wasn't it?"Miranda has always looked after her younger sister, Lucia. When Miranda and her mother first emigrated to America from China, her mother was pregnant with Lucia, and Miranda considered it her responsibility to protect the baby, even before it was born. And so it went throughout their childhood, as their mother strove...
  • Julie
    Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee is a 2018 Pamela Dorman Books publication. Both breathtaking and heartbreaking-This is a novel about the bonds of sisterhood, of familial duty, of love, all tested by the drain and strain of debilitating mental illness. While the story is exquisitely painful and is not a book I’d recommend for someone feeling depressed or who may be in a bad place, it is also a beautifully written story, very powerful...
  • Theresa Alan
    It took me a little while to get into this novel about two sisters over many years, but once I got into the unique, dazzling style of storytelling, I was gripped. The older Miranda always looked out for her younger sister Lucia. Initially, they are close, but after Lucia’s first breakdown, tensions begin. If Lucia goes off her medication, she might have another break, and she resents Miranda’s, to her mind, patronizing way of trying to force ...
  • Hannah
    This book broke my heart. In a million pieces.At its heart, this novel is about the bond between two sisters (I love that!): Miranda, the older, more responsible one, and Lucia, the younger one who everybody loves. After their mother’s death, Lucia starts to hear voices and spinning out of control, leaving her husband Yonah to have a child with a younger man, Manuel/ Manny, being in and out of hospital, seemingly to get better to then just spir...
  • JanB
    I really enjoyed this story of two sisters, Miranda and Lucia, who immigrated with their mother from China to the U.S. Miranda was very young, and their mother was pregnant with Lucia. The girls have a close relationship as they grow up, but Lucia begins to exhibit troubling symptoms of mental illness as a young adult. The story spans decades and several continents, and we follow the sisters throughout their lives, as they deal with marriage, mot...
  • Dorie
    Every so often I come across a book that is so wonderful, so eye opening and so well written that I want to stand on a corner and press this book into everyone’s hands. This is one of them.With a thumbs up from Celeste Ng, one of my favorite authors and some favorable reviews from my goodreads friends, I was anxious to get into this novel which publishes at the beginning of January 2018. I was not prepared for the power of this story, the incre...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.What do you do when everything starts falling apart around you? When you hear and see things that no one else does? When no one else makes any sense and no one listens or understands you? Lucia, one of the characters in “Everything Here is Beautiful,” struggles with exactly that. Miranda, her sister, Yonah, her husband, and later, Manny, her boyfriend and their daughter Essy, struggle with how to care for and love her, during all of h...
  • Marialyce
    4 sad but so very relevant starsThis was a tragic, sad novel about the closeness of family, the ravages of mental illness, and the way families of those affected deal with this illness.How do we treat, how do we react, how do we try our best to keep family together to provide the best care, the best place, the best life we can have to the people affected by mental disorders.For Lucia Bok, life is full of dreams, of aspirations, of freedom. She is...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    4✚ ★Mental illness is getting more press these days and it’s about time. I am full of praise for Mira T. Lee’s debut novel which compassionately and respectfully details a fictional but very realistic alternate reality that many people have no choice in living. Multiple narrative viewpoints illuminate many sides of the suffering and devastation that follow in the wake of full blown mania, its treatment (or lack of) and consequences, as we...
  • paulie
    3.500 stars - - - somewhat difficult decision to round down it's not a spoiler, promise.(view spoiler)[ leave me alone, everything's fine. (view spoiler)[ what is wrong with me? (view spoiler)[take yr pills. you need yr pills. are you taking yr pills? you have to take yr pills! (view spoiler)[ don't tell me what to do! i hate those f*ing pills!! yes, i took them. (view spoiler)[i promised ma i'd take care of you(view spoiler)[but it's so hard....
  • Kelli
    Everything here is beautiful: the story, the characters, the relationships, the struggles, the dreams, the losses, the love, and the honesty. This story’s honest treatment of mental illness (and its far-reaching impact) is a staggering accomplishment. This is a raw, real exploration of the extreme/overwhelming/haunting daily guilt that those of us who love a person afflicted with schizophrenia live with every day. It also presents the illness f...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    At first, I thought this was going to be an immigrant novel, and it kind of is, but that's more of a background element. Lucy/Lucia moves with her single Chinese pregnant mother to the United States as a young girl. But the story quickly jumps to her adolescence and her first mental disorders surfacing and requiring hospitalization. Her sister tries to help, and the sister relationship is a thread throughout the novel. What if your sister was the...
  • Liz
    As I take stock of my reactions to this book, I realize that I have to upgrade from four to five stars. Because this book changed my perceptions and forced me to reevaluate what I thought I knew. Before reading this, I wouldn’t have said that I had any preconceived notions about mental illness, but I guess I’ve learned something new about myself as well. Everything Here is Beautiful explores the relationships between a mentally ill person and...
  • Jenna
    Like the gorgeous butterfly on the cover, this book represents a solid and successful evolution from concept through to final execution.This novel manages to explore themes of serious mental illness, and its impact on individual and family lives, without either sacrificing complexity or resorting to sentimentality. Protagonist Lucia is portrayed respectfully in her full humanness; while the challenges of her mental health are plainly portrayed, s...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Lucia Bok has been many people: a globe-trotting Chinese-American journalist, a health food store owner’s wife in New York City, an illegal immigrant’s girlfriend, and a pioneer mother in fairly primitive conditions in Ecuador. Her schizophrenia means that she throws herself wholeheartedly into every role but at some point, as her mind turns against her, finds herself unable to cope. We hear from Lucia herself as well as her big sister Mirand...
    This book clarifies the harsh realities of a people living with mental illness. The main character Lucia suffers from schizoaffective disorder and possible bipolar disease with psychotic features. If she doesn't take her pills, she becomes a very frightening person to live with; harmful both to herself and others. For such people, it is very important to avoid stressful environments and get proper sleep. Above all else, they must take their medic...
  • Bernadette
    Wow! 5 Stars for Mira Lee’s beautifully written novel that chronicles the life of Lucia, a woman living with mental illness. Her story is told from her point of view as well as by those who love her, her sister Miranda, husband Yonah and partner Manny. Lee artfully captures the profound impact of mental illness on Lucia and these characters. This was not an easy book to read, it’s sad and haunting yet there are glimmers of hope and beauty. Le...
  • Rachel
    Everything Here is Beautiful is a quiet and thoughtful book about mental illness and the toll it takes on the relationship between two Chinese-American sisters. Miranda is the older, responsible one, who's spent her life looking after her younger sister, Lucia, impetuous and free-spirited. Throughout her adult life, Lucia grapples with an undefined mental illness (doctors are unable to determine if it's schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or somethi...
  • Tania
    Lucia said she was going to marry a one-armed Russian Jew.I loved everything about this amazing debut novel, including the quirky opening line above. Everything Here Is Beautiful covers many themes, but the most central is the effects of mental illness on the person affected, as well as everyone that loves them. The story is told in chapters with alternating points of view from the four main characters - Miranda, Lucia, Yonah and Manny. The autho...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Beautiful story, last few sections emotional and draining- in a good way! Loved and recommend highly- review is posted on Book Nation by Jen blog - please sign up for all reviews!https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com
  • Bkwmlee
    Two weeks into the new year, I’ve come across my first 5 star read -- Mira T. Lee’s incredible debut novel Everything Here is Beautiful . At its core, this beautifully written story is about two sisters who, after losing their father at a young age, are brought to the U.S. by their widowed mother, a strong woman determined to give her children the best life possible. As the older sister, Miranda is the responsible one, the one who always too...