QUICK NOTES: Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
SYNOPSIS: 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.
Determined, impetuous, she plows ahead, marrying a big-hearted Israeli only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She will move with her new family to Ecuador, but the bitter constant remains: she cannot escape her own mental illness. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until inevitably, she crashes to earth. And then Miranda must decide, again, whether or not to step in — but this time, Lucia may not want to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans, but what does it take to break them?
GENRE: Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Health
RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3.5 Stars.
QUICK NOTES: I really enjoyed the writing style. I'm one of those who can get into the rhythm of short and succinct sentences. I enjoy that feeling of powerful little punches of words. I'm looking forward to more from Mira T Lee.
Everything Here Is Beautiful is a bit of a heartbreaking book. Interesting characters and locales but I only enjoyed some moments more than others. I think my biggest issue with the book stemmed from the synopsis, which leads you to believe that there would be more of a back-and-forth between the two sisters. That it would be just Miranda and Lucia's alternating POVs, but in reality, the story evolves into Lucia's relationship with the men in her life. Miranda just felt like bookends to entirely different story than I was expecting.
Still, I know that this is a book that a lot of Literary Fiction readers will enjoy.
I was given a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.