Title: Everything Here is Beautiful
Author: Mira T. Lee
Genre/Themes: Literary, Sisters, Love, Mental Health
Blurb from Goodreads
Two Chinese-American sisters — Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. Lucia impetuously plows ahead, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth.
Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again—but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans—but what does it take to break them?
Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, an immigrant story, and a young woman’s quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it’s also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone—and when loyalty to one’s self must prevail over all.
“Empathy: because the commonality among human beings is emotion, and the only way we can bridge our vast discrepancies in experience is through what we feel. Let us be humbled in the knowledge that one may never fully understand the interior lives of others – but let us continue to care.”
This book is utterly brilliant.
Honestly I can’t say much more than that.
It’s such a touching view of the tolls mental illness can take on a family and the love story between the two sisters is phenomenal.
The decision to have chapters from varied view points works brilliantly as it shows the far reaching impacts of mental illness.
But more than that it’s about love. Love between sisters, love between parents and their children, love between spouses…
It shows the messiness of love, the beauty of love, the pain of love…
I just highly recommend it. The writing is smart; the pacing is perfection; the characters all feel so vital, so alive and more than anything, it’s utterly thought provoking with regards to how people with a long-term severe mental illness are perceived.