Everything Here is Beautiful; Mira Lee
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking - 2018
Everything Here is Beautiful was an impressive debut novel about sisters and mental illness.
Miranda and Lucia are sisters, Miranda is seven years old and has always been the cautious one, watching out for her ofter unpredictable younger sister Lucia. After their mother dies of cancer, Lucia begins to hear voices and as her mental illness becomes more intense, she does some outlandish things including marrying someone she hardly knew and later even moving to a different continent.
Can Lucia ever lead a normal life, often refusing to take her meds? Can her sister or Lucia's husband influence her and keep her safe?
Told in alternating POVs, this is a beautifully written, compelling story about mental illness and family. I will definitely be looking for future offerings from this promising new author.
Rating - 4.5/5 stars
Knopf - 2018
This is a different kind of memoir in which the author describes in very short stories her, seventeen near death experiences. The stories cover an array of experiences beginning when she was just a toddler through adulthood and follow no particular chronological order. It's not a memoir that feels like all doom and gloom and it never felt morbid or depressing. Instead, this was a book that helped me to reflect on my own life and the things that are most precious.
A few of the stories were quite intense and even felt jarring at times while a few others seemed far from threatening to me. Overall, this book was great reading experience, I loved the quality of the writing.
Rating - 4/5 stars