Common Book Initiative
2016 - 2017 Academic Year
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”
This haunting line begins the 2016-17 Common Book, Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng, who spent part of her childhood in Shaker Heights. The novel centers on the Lee family: James, a professor of American popular culture at a small, Midwestern college; Marilyn, whose roles as wife and mother supplanted her youthful ambitions to become a doctor; eldest son Nathan (Nath), middle daughter Lydia, and youngest daughter, Hannah.
The fact of Lydia’s death launches the entire family into a series of crises and recriminations, and the reader into a journey into each member’s past as secrets, lies, miscommunications, and hidden emotions surface.
The novel was a New York Times bestseller, and distinguished as one of the New York Times Book Review’s “A Notable Book of the Year” in 2014.
Chew and Chat Ursuline’s Annual Book Review and Discussion Sessions
Mullen Commuter Lounge
Wednesday, October 26 Noon-1pm *Thursday, November 10 1pm-2pm
Desserts and beverages will be provided.