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Everything Here is Beautiful

Two sisters: Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the vibrant, headstrong, unconventional one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts to hear voices, it’s Miranda who must fight for the help her sister needs — even as Lucia refuses to be defined by any doctor’s diagnosis. Dete
Jen

Jan 23, 2018

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There are moments of beauty for everyone when one clears away the fog; the clutter. In nature, in joy. We all experience it- Young and old; heathy; sick. The optimist and sometimes even the pessimist. And for those who suffer from mental illness- The highs; the lows. The instability of the disease and the stability of relationships.

But there is a whole lot going on in this story that is not beautiful, but instead very sad and heartbreaking.
This is a story of 2 sisters. The younger one who suffe

But there is a whole lot going on in this story that is not beautiful, but instead very sad and heartbreaking.
This is a story of 2 sisters. The younger one who suffers from mental illness; the older one who suffers from the burden of worrying about her younger sister. The guilt of living her own life not knowing at times where her sister was especially when not getting treatment.
It’s about living with the illness and the reactions from people not familiar with the disease- another battle on its own.

But, there are moments of beauty here too. As heavy of a read this is, it’s about a relationship between sisters; between partners; between family.
My heart is heavy for Lucia, Miranda and my favourite, Yonah. This is life- in its moments of darkness, heart achingly sad and gloomy; in its light, exquisitely blindingly bright and beautiful.
5⭐️ for an emotional written, although heart hurting, debut.


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Elyse

Jan 19, 2018

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Audiobook…..with fantastic narrators: Cassandra Campbell, Emily Woo Zeller, and others.

ISRAELI’S DON’T ICE FISH!……
…..Hello? They live in the desert- ice fishing in Michigan is crazy-thinking to a grumpy Israeli-immigrant. A few times I laughed – laughed hard – as I felt I understood Yonah, ( a character from Israel)…who had no interest in ICE FISHING….
Yonah was just one of the complex characters we come to know.

But – most of the time – I wasn’t laughing. This is a heart-wrenching –

ISRAELI’S DON’T ICE FISH!……
…..Hello? They live in the desert- ice fishing in Michigan is crazy-thinking to a grumpy Israeli-immigrant. A few times I laughed – laughed hard – as I felt I understood Yonah, ( a character from Israel)…who had no interest in ICE FISHING….
Yonah was just one of the complex characters we come to know.

But – most of the time – I wasn’t laughing. This is a heart-wrenching – sensitive story focused on two sisters – their relationship – their extended relationships – and the aching hole inside them both. We hurt for ‘both’ of them for different reasons.

Miranda has felt responsible for her younger sister, Lucia, since they were young – especially after their mother died.
Lucia is not well – lovable – a delightful free spirit – but suffers with a mental illness —-an unclear diagnosis. It’s Miranda that keeps tracks of Lucia’s behavior – knows her history more than anyone – tracks her medications – but she also can never be 100% sure when Lucia is ‘in’ her disease or if her spunky personality is her normal state of being. In other words – she is often walking on eggshells. Miranda makes suggestions – but it’s not her place to control her sister either.
The girls are of Chinese descent – and are living in the United States.

There is a lot going on in this novel: mental illness- illegal immigration – undocumented Manny (Ecuadorian) – tensions – family tensions – sacrifices – husbands – births – judgements- fears -EVERYONE IS AFFECTED- deaths – loss- grief – guilt –

This novel asks us many questions— how do we create a successful relationship with a loved one when the circumstances of their behaviors are beyond our control? How do we best be supportive yet not be so entangled that we can’t separate ourselves either?

There are no characters in here who don’t suffer from insecurities – IN RELATING TO EACH OTHER….. but their voices are heard. We hear them. We feel them – have compassion for them.

The author’s talents and humanity are both huge! GREAT BOOK!!!!
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