Here at Blackfriars we’re enormously excited to be publishing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng later this year. It’s a bold, beautifully written story of secrets, love, longing, lies and race – and once you’ve started reading, it’s almost impossible to stop.
It has already been causing quite a stir in the US, with a 9-star rating and brilliant review on The Huffington Post calling it ‘a powerhouse of a debut novel, a literary mystery crafted out of shimmering prose and precise, painful observation about racial barriers, the burden of familial expectations, and the basic human thirst for belonging’. It was also featured as Amazon.com’s Debut of the Month for July, with the official rave review by Chris Schluep saying ‘there isn’t a false note in this book, and my only concern in describing my profound admiration for Everything I Never Told You is that it might raise unachievable expectations in the reader. But it’s that good. Achingly, precisely, and sensitively written.’
In case all that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, Blackfriars editor Clare Smith tells us why Everything I Never Told You is a book to get excited about.
I absolutely loved Celeste Ng’s debut novel – from the moment you read the first sentence, ‘Lydia is dead.’, you know something terrible has happened but you don’t know how or why. The gradual unfolding of the Lee family, their secrets, their arguments and the unfulfilled dreams of Lydia’s parents, makes for a compulsive and gripping read. This is the best kind of literary thriller, where there are no easy answers, only a sense of pieces sliding irrevocably into place. If you enjoyed Kate Atkinson’s Case Histories, you will love this novel.