Celeste Ng has a rare talent for taking readers into the hearts and minds of her characters. - Herald SunAn absorbing story of complex relationships - Weekend WestNg has a genuine gift for capturing family dynamics, whether it be a mother's spiky, protective love for her child, or the intense bond between siblings. The perceptive writing creates some fascinating and unsettling interactions between characters, and makes for a highly satisfying read. - Sunday Times Perth
A compulsive, brilliant novel about race, identity, family and secrets for fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.
How does she know? How does she know how to reflect to us that which we've been through? And had temporarily forgot? I'd heard this book had won Goodreads. So I had to see for myself. And see I saw. And saw, and saw. It could be said to be about four teenagers: Lexi, Izzy, Trip and Moody, and into their lives comes Pearl. Or it could be said to be about Mrs R and Mr R, and Mrs R's best friend, and her husband, and into their lives comes Mia, Pearl's mother. It's about another time, when things were simpler, but far more hidden. It's about a lot of things. It's like a saga. Epic. Greek. And if you want lessons in how to write in third person - read Celeste Ng. She is a master. I have withdrawal symptoms. Ms Ng - I need another book.
I devoured this book and loved how intertwined all the characters were. Wonderful to see a book telling a story about the complexity of families. I would have loved a bit more depth the Trip and Pearls relationship but perhaps that was the point, that there wasn’t much.