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  • Author(s): By:Ng, Celeste
  • Source:
    Kirkus Reviews (USA), June 1, 2014 PRINTFictionAdult, 2pp
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    • Abstract:
      Ng's nuanced debut novel begins with the death of a teenage girl and then uses the mysterious circumstances of her drowning as a springboard to dive into the troubled waters beneath the calm surface of her Chinese-American family. When 16-year-old Lydia Lee fails to show up at breakfast one spring morning in 1977, and her body is later dragged from the lake in the Ohio college town where she and her biracial family don't quite fit in, her parents-blonde homemaker Marilyn and Chinese-American history professor James-older brother and younger sister get swept into the churning emotional conflicts and currents they've...