Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
7/10 "How had it begun? Like everything: with mothers and fathers. Because of Lydia’s mother and father, because of her mother’s and father’s mothers and fathers..." I'm torn about this book. One on hand, it's brilliantly written, hard to put down, and incredibly intriguing. On the other hand, it's deeply, deeply unhappy and dysfunctional. If you like happy endings, this book is not for you.
This is the story of a mother, who thought that being a housewife with pearls and a freshly baked cake was the most fulfillment a woman could accomplish.
This is the story of her daughter Marilyn, who was wildly intelligent and dreamed of nothing but becoming a doctor, who in turn grew up, and never having fulfilled her dreams, somehow became that proverbial housewife she never wanted to be.
This is the story of Lydia, who just wanted her mother Marilyn to love her and to stay with her always at any price.
Marilyn tried to live vicariously through her daughter, who never wanted to be who her mother wanted her to be, unconsciously repeating her own story.
This is the story of mothers and daughters (and fathers too) who didn't understand each other, and never even tried. Some damage can't be undone.
#wreath - 3 minutes ago