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Author: Mira T. Lee Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer, Kim Mai Guest, Ozzie Rodriguez, Paul Boehmer, Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9780525497455
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‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters.”—Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You

A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak


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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  • Everything Here Is Beautiful is a tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters--one that's frayed by mental illness and stretched across continents, yet still endures. With ventriloquistic skill, Mira T. Lee explores the heartache of loving someone deeply troubled and the unbearable tightrope-walk between holding on and letting go. Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You
  • Stunning and unforgettable. . . filled with voices that resonate and haunt. An intimately personal tale about family, self, and the risks we take to care for the ones we love. Ruth Ozeki, New York Times bestselling author of A Tale for the Time Being
  • Mira T. Lee deeply understands the human need for belonging, and in her compassionate debut, she presents an aching yet hopeful story of characters striving to belong despite vast impediments, and the emotional costs incurred in this quest for a love-filled life. Imbolo Mbue, author of the PEN/Faulkner award-winning Behold the Dreamers
  • A heartfelt story about sisters, family bonds, immigration, love, and an unvarnished look at how mental illnesses impact the lives of the person living with them and those who love and try to understand. . . In Mira T. Lee, mental health has found a new novelist champion. Pete Earley, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness
  • A luminous testament of loss and reclamation and the painful necessity of love. . . Ron Powers, New York Times bestselling author of No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
  • This heart-wrenching, delicately drawn novel is filled with family love, passion, pain and forgiveness. Mira T. Lee spins a story spanning oceans that draws us ever closer to her characters' generous, flawed hearts. Powerful and unforgettable. Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Mambo in Chinatown
  • This book took my breath away. Lee has an incredible gift for empathy--I found myself rooting for, and caring deeply about, all of characters, even when they couldn't stand each other. I especially commend her nuanced, compassionate depiction of mental illness and how it impacts families. Everything Here Is Beautiful is an insightful, generous celebration of our capacity and complexity as human beings. Mark Lukach, internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
  • ‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters.”

    Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Everything about this book is beautiful. It's a sisters story, an immigrant story, and, more than a story of one family, it's an unflinching reflection of the fast-changing American Family. Ron Fournier, New York Times bestselling author Love That Boy
  • Everything Here is Beautiful vividly captures the kaleidoscope of emotional contradictions within our bonds to family and country. Mira T. Lee's powerful debut crafts an elegiac journey: uplifting, disturbing, and--proving its title--beautiful. Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookaneer 
  • Mira Lee has crafted an eloquent, vivid story not just of mental illness, but of passionate longing and family love in which there are no perfect choices but always a pulsing light of hope. Lucy Ferriss, bestselling author of A Sister to Honor
  • “Sisters Miranda and Lucia grow up as first-generation Chinese Americans in a loving, single-parent home. Older sister Miranda is stable and hardworking; Lucia is more unpredictable. During college, she travels the world, living in hostels and teaching English, unable to settle in any one place. After their mother battles cancer and dies, Lucia begins to act even more impetuously, marrying an older man and moving to New York City. She leaves him suddenly and takes up with a young, Latino immigrant, and they have a baby together before Lucia suffers a mental breakdown. When recovered, she and her family move to her partner’s village in Ecuador. While maintaining her own life in Switzerland, Miranda attempts to get her sister the medical help she needs, efforts Lucia does not always appreciate. In the end, Lucia must decide her own fate. VERDICT First novelist Lee’s story of mental illness and its effects on Lucia and those who love her alternates points of view from among various characters. The portrayal of sisterly love and its limits is visceral. A solid choice for general fiction readers.”

    Library Journal

  • 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 love anyone at all, this book is going to get you. USA Today
  • Lee's debut novel is a profoundly relatable drama about how far you would, or should, go for family. Marie Claire
  • Mira T. Lee’s Everything Here is Beautiful is a deeply moving story about mental illness, family loyalty, immigration, and cultural displacement. It made me laugh out loud, cry out in frustration, and marvel at the gorgeous, lyrical prose. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek for Literary Hub, "26 Books From the Last Decade That If You Haven’t Read—You Should!"
  • Sisterly ties take on brilliant nuance in Mira T. Lee’s shattering debut about love, loss, psychosis, and what we owe ourselves and the family we love. . . beautifully written. The Boston Globe
  • This exquisite book is one that will hurtle past all your expectations. Bustle
  • Deftly dealing with big issues such as mental illness and immigration, this debut is a powerful look at love and family. PopSugar
  • “[A] gorgeous yet heartbreaking debut. Real Simple
  • True to its title, everything about this book is beautiful. Lee’s writing is magnificent—from her descriptions of love, family, and motherhood to her stunning portrayal of mental illness. It is the bond between sisters, however, that is the true gem of this story. Literary Hub
  • Lee’s prose is economical, sharp, and piercing. But the reason I enjoyed this smarting book is for its sixth sense in portraying the bond between two sisters who are nothing like one another, and how that disparity can transition into distance. . . Lee has managed to write a book that feels wholly alive. KQED

    “Everything Here Is Beautiful is filled with unexpected, fragile moments of beauty.
  • [A] powerfully hopeful novel with characters that will stay with readers for a long time. Bust
  • [An] exciting debut about two sisters . . . the unpredictable changes of their lives, and the necessary sacrifices and important gifts that sisterhood brings. Southern Living
  • I was steadily drawn into this beautifully-written story of enduring love and family, however family is defined. Mira T. Lee’s characters are captivating and very real, illustrating how intractable mental illness marks everyone in its sphere and renders the quotidian both beautiful and threatening. A compelling read. Daphne Kalotay, bestselling author of Sight Reading
  • Charismatic and electrifying. Lee makes vivid the messiness of life and the way we tie ourselves in knots just trying to do the simplest things: love and be loved in return. A knockout. Rufi Thorpe, author of Dear Fang, With Love
  • [A] promising debut. . . . Lee handles a sensitive subject with empathy and courage. Readers will find much to admire and ponder throughout, and Lucy’s section reveals Lee as a writer of considerable talent and power. Publishers Weekly
  • An incredibly moving and thoughtful exploration of mental illness and its toll on family and loved ones [told] with empathy and tenderness. Buzzfeed
  • A truly stunning and emotional debut. HelloGiggles
  • [An] impressive debut . . . Everything Here Is Beautiful  finds the sweet spot between the truth and beauty of a disease that can inspire hope in the midst of sadness and frustration. Seattle Times
  • An evocative and beautifully written debut. Kirkus Reviews
  • “Astonishing and imaginative. . . . This electrifiying first novel is wistful, wise and utterly unforgettable. BookPage
  • This debut novel is . . . the best kind of drama. Newsday
  • Impressive. Seattle Times
  • A powerful read about sacrifice and love.  Paste
  • [A] tender, beautifully written novel. Washington Independent Review of Books
  • Intelligent, thought-provoking and moving—I loved it. I felt quite bereft on reading its final pages. Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

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About the Author

Mira T. Lee’s work has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, including TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012. She lives with her husband and two young sons in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her debut novel.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe, in addition to Frasier, Judging Amy, Guiding Light, and All My Children. He is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware. As a narrator, Paul has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award.

Kim Mai Guest is an award-winning voice actor for audiobooks and video games. She can also be heard on television shows, such as G.I. Joe: Renegades, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, and Avatar, and in movies such asChill Out Scooby Doo and Dead Space: Aftermath. Her video game work includes Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, and The Lord of the Rings.

Ozzie Rodriguez is a narrator, voice artist, and actor of film, television, and the stage, performing in many independent features, such as My Life: Untitled, Escape from South LA, and his co-produced, self-written project Elevator

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe, in addition to Frasier, Judging Amy, Guiding Light, and All My Children. He is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware. As a narrator, Paul has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award.

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.