È una scena che abbiamo visto spesso al cinema e nelle serie TV: la madre apre la porta della camera della figlia e la trova vuota, il letto intatto. Si teme subito il peggio. Si chiede agli amici, ai vicini, poi si chiama la polizia. La sedicenne Lydia Lee viene ritrovata morta, annegata nel lago vicino a casa: è stata uccisa? E da chi? Oppure si è trattato di un incidente? Perché è uscita di notte? Tutte domande che continuano a tenere il lettore con il fiato sospeso, come in un romanzo giallo. Ma presto altre domande si insinuano nella sua mente, molto meno esplicite ma altrettanto inquietanti. Quello che rende eccezionale questa storia, e ne spiega l’enorme successo negli Stati Uniti e in Gran Bretagna, è il talento dell’esordiente Celeste Ng nel «dire» e «non dire», nello svelare senza inutile enfasi le radici profonde di una tragedia famigliare solo in apparenza ordinaria.
- ISBN: 8833928942
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 271
this book is absolutely perfect. it's easily one of the best contemporary family dramas i have ever read, and i have read more than a few. ng's prose is outstanding, and her characters are vibrant, completely three-dimensional, and the way their stories knot up in each other is superb. it opens with th Leggi tutto
“Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.” This book is a fantastic character portrait . I don't read these kinds of stories too often - family dramas with a focus on the everyday - but when I do I'm usually pleasa Leggi tutto
Hmmmm.... Quintessential MFA graduate writing, which is to say lyrical creative prose that captures emotion in the details, following the MFA formula of "show; don't tell," to provide character exposition. The author shows us the interiority of her characters brilliantly- and then goes on to slam us Leggi tutto
The first chapter was great. I was expecting an exciting mystery/thriller. I was anxious to find out how Lydia disappeared. Then, the rest of the book happened. I hated all of the characters. I hated the perfectly executed sentences. I hated the story. I hated the ending. Oh, and I really hated how h Leggi tutto
Gorgeously written. Really subtle storytelling but the tension built in a really excruciating, smart way that kept me holding my breath. I also love how Ng approached writing the challenges of identity and difference for both women and people of color, as well as how much the burden of expectations
I received this book for review from Penguin Boy oh boy was I impressed by this book. Before I started reading it I was expecting something Lovely Bones esc. No. So much better. This story is kicks off with the reader finding out about the death of the "favorite child" Lydia, with this I assumed it
I did not enjoy reading this book. The story of this broken family was just so sad and I found that the more I read, the harder it was to read. I felt a constant knot in my stomach .Yet I gave it four stars. It’s the 1970's and James of Chinese descent, born in the U.S has since he was a young boy, j Leggi tutto
What a wonderful book to start off the new year! This has been on my shelf for years , and I'm kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. This story starts with a small seed - Lydia Lee is dead - and blossoms in every direction. Through non-linear perspective shifts, each member of Lydia's family de Leggi tutto
*3.5 stars* There’s a quiet and almost simple beauty to Celeste Ng ’s storytelling. She’s not a writer that relies on a breakneck pace or frilly overtures to capture readers. Instead, Ng employs the emotional beings that live among her pages and their relatable family dynamics to do the job. Each char Leggi tutto
5 Stars. Have you ever felt invisible? Like you were hiding in plain sight? Or like you just didn't measure up? Like you have to fake it till you make it? For the Lee family, this is par for the course, for each member of the family has felt one or more of these things at one time in their lives, if Leggi tutto
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