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Wednesday, September 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Krannert Memorial Library 302 (Blue Law Room)
Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as a Top 10 Debut by the American Booksellers Association, and named a Best Fiction title of 2018 by Amazon, O Magazine, Real Simple, and the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications such as Tin House, Real Simple, the Southern Review, the Missouri Review, and Harvard Review, among others, and have twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She has also been the recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
“Lucia’s fierce passions—for New York City; for her sister and their dying Chinese immigrant mother; for the men she loves; for her daughter, Esperanza; for the Peking duck and spareribs she was raised on—are impossible for anyone, least of all the reader, to resist… There’s not a false note to be found, and everywhere there are nuggets to savor.”
– O, The Oprah Magazine
“We are all at the mercy of the people we love, whatever misfortunes they meet or bring upon themselves… That’s the power of family, awful and wonderful, and this power ripples through the pages of Mira T. Lee’s extraordinary debut novel… If you love anyone at all, this book is going to get you.”
– USA Today
“Over and over in this exquisite novel, we see the rubble that mental illness can leave in its wake… beautifully written… Lee’s portrait of schizophrenia is compassionate and harrowing… With expert grace and compassion, Lee moves her cast of characters through the years…”
– The Boston Globe