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The Resource Everything here is beautiful, Mira T. Lee

Everything here is beautiful, Mira T. Lee

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Everything here is beautiful
Title
Everything here is beautiful
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Mira T. Lee
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eng
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"Two sisters--Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a bighearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth. Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again--but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans--but what does it take to break them? Told in alternating points of view, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, the story of a young woman's quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it's also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone--and when loyalty to one's self must prevail over all"--
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  • Two sisters face the consequences of one’s mental illness in Lee’s insightful debut novel. With their parents dead by the time the sisters reach early adulthood, the two young immigrants from China depend on each other. Conscientious older sister Miranda and free-spirited Lucia manage well until Lucia begins exhibiting signs of what is variously diagnosed as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, for which she is hospitalized several times. Lee follows the sisters through their forties, broadening out the story to take in the points of view of the gregarious Yonah, Lucia’s Israeli immigrant first husband, and hard-working Manny, the Ecuadorian father of her child. While at times the novel loses focus and momentum, it also avoids oversimplifying Lucia’s life or turning into a case study, and the tense but loving relationship between the sisters provides structure when the story begins to ramble. The interaction of cultures, with the inevitable misunderstandings that accompany it, forms a vibrant subtheme, and as the novel branches out from New York to Ecuador and then Minnesota, its sense of place deepens. -- Quamme, Margaret (Reviewed 11/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 5, p29)
  • Spun from an award-winning short story that originally appeared in the Missouri Review, this debut features Chinese American sisters Miranda and Lucia. Lucia, who starts hearing voices when their mother dies, marries a generous older man, then leaves him and has a baby with a young Latino immigrant even as Miranda tries to help her from afar. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 09/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 14, p79)
  • The tumult of loving someone with a chronic mental illness can exhaust even the most caring person. Just ask Miranda, elder sister to Lucia, a brash, brilliant journalist whose periodic descent into severe psychosis has taxed their relationship and forced Miranda to confront the limits of family loyalty. Of course, she knows that Lucia can be attentive, charming, and kind, drawing in friends and colleagues—at least until the inevitable delusions take hold. It's scary stuff. To Lee's credit, Lucia, the more compellingly drawn of the two siblings, never seems like a psychological case study. Instead, we get inside her head—perhaps even inside her soul—to grapple with the challenges she faces. Her loving first marriage, to an older Israeli East Village shop owner named Yonah, begins and ends abruptly, revealing the magnitude of Lucia's impetuous nature. Later, she hooks up with Manuel, an undocumented Ecuadoran immigrant working odd jobs in Westchester Country, New York, and has a baby. A move to Ecuador, where Lucia, Manuel, and baby Esperanza live in close proximity to Manuel's family, is both comforting and stifling and raises questions about the cultural assumptions governing gender, parenting, and assimilation. In addition, what it means to live outside one's country of origin is explored from both Manuel's and Lucia's perspectives. The book also exposes the helplessness of family members wishing to fix a fraught situation; the class dimension of health care delivery; and the rampant misinformation surrounding the treatment and diagnosis of illnesses like schizoaffective disorder. Lastly, vivid descriptions of the gentrifying Lower East Side of 1990s New York City, the heavily immigrant towns along the Hudson River, and several communities in Ecuador ground the characters in distinct locations. An evocative and beautifully written debut. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2017)
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10616315
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1970-
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Lee, Mira T.
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3612.E3465
LC item number
E82 2018
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women
  • Sisters
  • Mentally ill
  • Life change events
Target audience
adult
Label
Everything here is beautiful, Mira T. Lee
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780735221963
Lccn
2017025306
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 985072259
  • (OCoLC)985072259
Label
Everything here is beautiful, Mira T. Lee
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780735221963
Lccn
2017025306
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 985072259
  • (OCoLC)985072259

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