Thursday, January 18, 2018

Everything Here is Beautiful: A Novel by Mira T. Lee

(Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL is a tale of two sisters—as different as night and day, but tethered by an unshakable bond, even when they are half a world apart. Miranda, the older, is straitlaced and serious, responsible because she has to be; Lucia, the younger, is headstrong and impulsive, and struggles with schizophrenia. Their connection, and the ways in which it is tested, is at the heart of EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL, an unforgettable debut novel from a breakout new literary voice, and a dazzling, deeply felt tale about the lengths we go to for those we love. When Lucia’s lucidity begins to falter and she starts hearing voices, Miranda must find a way to save her sister without losing herself in the process. The push-and-pull between the sisters, as they struggle to do the right thing for themselves and for each other, yields an intimate and powerful family drama. But Lee also deftly tackles the big issues they face: mental illness and its treatment; immigration and cultural displacement; interracial relationships; marriage; parenthood; and more—all with compassion and realism.

my thoughts:

Wow. What a book! Everything Here is Beautiful is compelling, unputdownable, and a must-read.  This beautiful story explores the complexities involved with someone living with mental illness and the impact it has on them and their loved ones. Talk about food for thought.

Lucia has dreams and wants to live her life, but her schizophrenia makes it rather difficult at times.  She struggles with the ups and downs, voices in her head, and desire to get help.  Her older sister, Miranda, tries hard (above and beyond) to help her.  She puts her life on hold and tries to get Lucia the right medical help and medications - anything to help try and control the schizophrenia.  Of course, this type of relationship is combative at times and makes for a rather strained sisterhood.  Life is definitely not easy for either sister.

Told from alternating points of view, we get both sister's perspectives on the situations in their lives, their shared past, and their desires and wants for the future.  Its heartbreaking to read at times, because the author, Mira T. Lee provides a realistic and honest portrayal of someone dealing with mental illness.  We get the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of it all.  Plus, we get to understand how the family feels having to endure watching, living, and helping their loved one suffer with this complex illness.  Its eye-opening and sad at the same time.  The writing is just terrific and these characters are unforgettable - Everything Here is Beautiful is such a fantastic story!

I would most definitely this book to anyone and everyone looking for their next great read - you will LOVE Everything Here is Beautiful!!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book!


Meredith said...

I'm so glad to know you loved it. I have a copy, and now I'm eager to begin.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

M, me too. I just love when a book is a hit :) I'm so glad you are going to read it - let me know what you think of it.

Angela said...

I've read several reviews this week of this book, and so far everyone has liked it!

Ti said...

I went looking for this one but then decided it's too close to home for me, with my sister's situation and all. I don't think I could read it. At least, not right now. I've been hearing such good things about it though.