Everything I Never Told You is the story of the Lees, a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Marilyn and James are determined that Lydia, the middle and favorite child, will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue: for Marilyn, that her daughter becomes a doctor; for James, that Lydia is 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. 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.
Celeste Ng (pronounced “-ing”) is a writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Everything I Never Told You, is her debut novel, has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller, Amazon's #1 Best Book of 2014, and on the Best Book of the Year lists of over a dozen outlets.
Celeste Ng was born in Pittsburgh, PA but at the age of ten moved to Shaker Heights, OH with her family that included her physicist father and chemist mother. After graduating high school in Shaker Heights, Ng went on to study English at Harvard and earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. Ng now lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and son.