Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

Everything Here Is Beautiful

‟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 ...


Details Everything Here Is Beautiful

TitleEverything Here Is Beautiful
ISBN9780735221963
Author
Release DateJan 16th, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Literary Fiction, Adult Fiction
Rating

Reviews Everything Here Is Beautiful

  • Emily May
    2018-01-10
    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....
  • Crumb
    2018-01-26
    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...
  • Jen
    2018-01-23
    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 ...
  • Elyse
    2018-01-19
    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
    2017-08-30
    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 *Traveling Sister*
    2018-02-12
    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...
  • Karen
    2018-01-21
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    2017-05-02
    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...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2018-02-06
    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
    2018-01-24
    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
    2018-02-09
    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...
  • Hannah
    2017-08-23
    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...
  • Dorie ** Traveling Sister**
    2017-11-21
    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...
  • Theresa Alan
    2018-01-16
    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 ...
  • JanB
    2018-01-27
    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...
  • Susanne Strong
    2018-01-26
    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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-04-16
    This is a novel about mental illness and how it affects the people close to the person suffering from it. It is also a story about love, sisterhood, and perseverance. Miranda and Lucia are sisters. They grew up in the States and are the daughters of a Chinese immigrant. Miranda has always felt responsible for her younger sister Lucia, not only because she's the oldest one but also because since she was a young adult Lucia has suffered from a ment...
  • Marialyce
    2018-01-29
    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...
  • Victoria
    2018-03-31
    A tumultuous and heartbreaking story about those who experience life at a heightened level and those of us who care for them while striving to understand.Days after finishing this book I have yet to find adequate words to explain just how moving, painful and real this story feels. How do I capture the enigma that is Lucia Bok, the larger than life and impetuous woman that is the novel’s center point? Or Miranda, the conscientious older sister, ...
  • Phrynne
    2018-04-12
    Firstly I want to say that I listened to this on audio. I think this often affects my opinion because a bad narrator can ruin the best of books. In this particular case the story was told in several character's POVs so the narration was done by a team of readers, different for each character. It worked well.The story takes place in America, in Ecuador and in Switzerland with beautiful descriptions of each. There is a huge amount of information wo...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    2018-04-29
    Has your life, or the life of a loved one or friend ever been touched by mental illness? This is the story of Lucia and her debilitating battle living with mental illness. Difficult, poignant, heartbreaking....I was actually getting quite unexpectedly attached to the characters in this novel. The diversity in cultures, ethnicity and backgrounds that played into this book were refreshing, real and down to Earth. An eye opener in some way, as I am ...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    2017-12-31
    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...
  • [p]aulie
    2018-03-01
    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....
  • PattyMacDotComma
    2018-09-02
    3.5★“What if I were to tell you, right now, that you don’t live where you live? That your house isn’t your house. You’d probably laugh and tell me to stop messing around. But then imagine you went home, only to be arrested by the police. The nice people at your address didn’t want to press charges, so the police brought you to the ER, where a doctor insisted you take psychiatric drugs for your ‘delusion’ that you live where you ...
  • Kelli
    2018-03-04
    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...
  • Suzanne
    2018-03-18
    Probably 3.5 rounded up. What amazing narration, the cast involved were an amazing combined production. The character of a mentally ill woman listening to the voices in her head, in the form of serpents, was particularly amazing - I was scared! This was a heavy read, I seem to find it very hard to choose appropriate audio reads as I only like to listen to books that already exist on my list. I need to get through my list, not add more!Two sisters...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2017-10-19
    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...
  • Bernadette
    2018-02-17
    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...
  • Liz
    2018-02-09
    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
    2018-01-20
    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...