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Publisher's Summary

"A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters."
Celeste Ng, New York Times best-selling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You

A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak

Two sisters - Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. But Lucia impetuously plows ahead, marrying a bighearted, older man only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She moves her new family from the States to Ecuador and back again, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth.

Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again - but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans - but what does it take to break them?

Told in alternating points of view, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, the story of a young woman's quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it's also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone - and when loyalty to one's self must prevail over all.

©2018 Mira T. Lee (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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What a beautiful story. Having loved someone with a mental illness it was so “on point” from the family perspective. Touching, hopeful, realistic, sad but true. This is life.

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Gorgeous writing/real characters

They way she wove the characters lives together was stunning. Loved every word. I never have read a book so fast. I want to read it again.

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everything here is indeed beautiful

It was such a moving, raw, and real story. Narrated perfectly. Everything here is beautiful.

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Beautiful story

This book rambles around a bit, and is told from multiple perspectives, but the underlying story is so touching and beautiful. As a sister of someone who struggled with mental illness, and eventually lost his battle, this touched a deep part of my heart. It is so raw and true. Thank you for sharing an honest account from both sides of the illness.

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Mental illness in cultural perspective.

Well written story of two sisters, one with schizophrenia. Immigrants navigating health care a society in America.

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I honestly loved this story and it would have been a 5 star had the POV not changed randomly so many times. The story was 1st person for like 60% of the book, then switched to 3rd person, then there was one chapter back in 1st person, then 3rd person, then the epilogue was back on first person. I honestly didn’t realize it happened at first but once I noticed it just kind of bothered me a bit.

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Ridiculous accents for the characters

This story was pleasant however the accents given to the individual characters was absolutely ridiculous & disappointing The Ecuadorian boyfriend named Manuel sounded like an old Mexican man and his mother and daughter of Chinese descent was given the same lame accent. Coco one of the patients at the psych ward sounded the same as the male nurse named Bob and the social worker. An interesting story told through silly comical voice actors that distracts the silly from the story. I wonder whether the author approved these voice interpretations

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Wonderful

As you read this book, you are constantly diagnosing the characters. Is it love, is it mental illness, is it infidelity? As an older sister, I wondered how I would handle that level of mental illness.
The trip around the world and cultural thoughts on mental health. There is so much in this book that deals with life in general.
I define Audible books like this as driveway books. Listening in my car long after arriving home. With the multiple narrators doing a wonderful job.