Everything Here Is Beautiful

Everything Here Is Beautiful

Book - 2018
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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 big-hearted, 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.
Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780735221963
Characteristics: 360 pages ;,24 cm


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Feb 04, 2020

One of our Monday afternoon book clubs just read and discussed this debut novel. It is a story that portrays how deeply mental illness affects not only the person suffering from it, but also the lives of her loved ones. It's not an easy read, to the point that some of our book club members called it painful, but it really does let the reader see all sides of mental illness.
It's also a story of family bonds, sisterhood, immigration and isolation. Lots to discuss!

May 15, 2019

Good book that explores the ups and downs of Mental illness. From the perspective of the person who has it.. and the people who are her caregivers. I enjoyed it.

Apr 12, 2019

I really liked this book. You know how sometimes you're just slogging through a book or maybe it's good but not great. Well, this is one of those books you are anticipating and excited about reading every night. The characters were well developed, the story was solid, the subject matter was real. I highly recommend.

Mar 30, 2019

Heartbreaking story of two Chinese immigrant sisters, one of whom struggles with mental illness makes a compelling story.

Mar 18, 2019

There were a handful of beautiful moments in this book and there were many more when you could really feel the despair of dealing with mental illness. The narrative is from multiple viewpoints: the logical big sister, the Jewish husband, the Ecuadorian boyfriend, the psychiatric ward and, most importantly, Lucia. Seeing things from inside Lucia's brain is the most frightening as you realize how delusions are their reality. A logical person who is not suffering from mental illness has no context for dealing with the other person's reality. There is also the damage done to the brain each time a psychotic break occurs. It is like living with a time bomb. This is a difficult book to read, and a couch is thrown through a window at one point I wonder how far have we come since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?"

ArapahoeErinR Oct 31, 2018

A beautiful novel that captures the heartbreak of two sisters one who is dealing with her mental illness and the other desperately and lovingly trying to take care of her.

Jun 19, 2018

This story will take you to some surprising places. I really connected with this one after 70 pages or so. Look forward to more from this talented author.

DPLalyssab Mar 13, 2018

Beautiful story of sisters challenged by mental illness.

ArapahoeStefeni Jan 18, 2018

This is a fantastic debut novel and I look forward to more books by this author. This book explores family relationships that hold us together while living in multiple countries, while giving a thorough explanation of one family member's experience with mental illness.

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May 10, 2018

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