“The things that go unsaid are often the things that eat at you–whether because you didn’t get to have your say, or because the other person never got to hear you and really wanted to.”
Celeste Ng’s debut ended up appearing on so many Best of 2015 lists by the end of the year, and for good reason! This book’s opening sentence starts with a main character’s death and the book moves backwards and forwards through so many of the heaviest themes you could think of… Suicide, lust, race, secrecy, parental relationships.
Strangely, this book doesn’t feel like a heavy one. There’s actually an unexpected lightness in Ng’s writing, and a pull to appreciate every one of her flawed characters. This book is a trove of bold creativity.