Everything Here is Beautiful is the story of two sisters, Lucia and Miranda, and how mental illness impacts their relationship throughout their lives. While their bond is at the heart of this novel, Mira T. Lee’s debut takes a 360 degree view of the effects that caring for a loved one with mental illness has on other close family members, like spouses and children. Finally, her decision to set Everything Here is Beautiful within the immigrant community allows people of all cultures to identify with others by seeing themselves in a narrative that too often focuses predominantly on a white, middle-class demographic.
The result is a novel that is getting significant well-deserved buzz this season. I read this in the waning days of 2017 as an advanced copy from the publisher and was thrilled to have an opportunity to talk with Mira T. Lee for a Shelf Awareness piece.
Everything Here Is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee
Pamela Dorman Books