This novel is about a Chinese American family living in a small-town Ohio, during the 1970s . Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, race and secrets. Celeste portrays different ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
I enjoyed the writing style of the book and the way the writer talks about the effects of race in families. I was gripped from the beginning hoping that, at the end I would know exactly what happened to Lydia. Yet, I felt like I was left hanging on the cliff. If you are looking for a quick read which is not plot-based, then this is the book.
Rating: 3 out of 5