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Mira T. Lee

Forfatter af Everything Here Is Beautiful

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Everything Here Is Beautiful (2018) 581 eksemplarer

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I almost bailed on this once I realized how sad it might become, part of me wishes I did. It was good, but not great for me, multiple narrators kept me going but I didn't 'love' any of the characters and I don't think I'll ever be 'thinking back to them'
hellokirsti | 37 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Miranda and Lucia are Chinese American women who are sisters. Miranda has always watched over Lucia, as Lucia has a form of mental illness. They live their separate lives, but there is that bond that is ever present. Miranda is in Switzerland, but it only takes a phone call from Lucia's friends, and she is always there to protect her sister.

This was a little hard to get into at first, but you are so charmed by Lucia that the reading is a pleasure.
JReynolds1959 | 37 andre anmeldelser | Oct 28, 2023 |
Exquisitely empathetic, and yet unflinchingly honest, this is one of the best novels I've read about the toll living with mental illness takes on the family members who choose to support their loved one through crisis after crisis. There were times I felt viscerally the fear and uncertainty and anger and lonliness. A beautiful story of family bonds, and of choosing to stay through the hardest times. Highly recommended.
NeedMoreShelves | 37 andre anmeldelser | Jun 23, 2023 |
This is, first and foremost, the story of two sisters, one of whom suffers from mental illness. It's also the story of immigrants -- both documented and undocumented -- making their way in America. Miranda can remember coming to America from China with her mother, after her father's death. Lucia is younger, a free spirit whose mind eventually becomes unmoored from reality. Miranda is ever the protective older sibling -- too protective, perhaps?

The story explores painful questions. How do you help someone get well when that person doesn't recognize that she is sick? How does mental illness affect all those close to the person who is ill? Why are societal attitudes toward mental illness so different from attitudes toward physical illness? Can you always determine the boundary between the personality and actions of the person who is ill and actual manifestations of mental illness? (Is every reckless act the result of the illness?)

I just finished this, and it has left me feeling a bit melancholy.
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tymfos | 37 andre anmeldelser | May 21, 2023 |



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