Everything Here Is Beautiful

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Lucia has a mental illness that constantly worries her loved ones. If she doesn't take the medication, she ends up putting herself or others in harm's way. This is a beautifully told story of a young woman's journey through love and motherhood while trying to outrun the demons her mind creates.

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EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL is a story of family, love, mental illness, sisters, motherhood, loss, and hope. What are a person's responsibilities to a loved one who is living with mental illness? What are the responsibilities to others? To oneself? Lee examines these questions with a thoughtfulness and poignancy that respects the tough reality being lived by sisters Lucia and Miranda. Through multiple points of view and a distinctive writing style, Lee pushes aside superficial gloss and lets the reader enter the raw inner worlds of her characters.  Lee is an exciting new voice in fiction and I look forward to seeing more from her.
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Much More Than a Mental Illness Story – The core of Everything Here is Beautiful is certainly the mental illness of younger sister, Lucia, but the book itself is much more. It’s a story of immigrants, those coming to and those leaving the U.S. It highlights the differences in the quality of life for immigrants and for expats in different parts of the world. It’s a story of family, big and small, those we’re born into and those we create. It’s a story of love tested by the rigors of life. And, yes, it’s a story of mental illness in the midst of all that. It’s a story of how mental illness can sap the life out of everyone it touches, especially those who...

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Everything Here Is Beautiful is a story about family and mental illness. Each family member has to make tough decisions in their lives yet they still manage to stand by each other.

Lucia has a “normal” childhood until her 20’s when the serpents start talking to her in her head. Her mental illness takes her life into directions that no one would want to take. What I took away from all her mental issues was how much her sister, Miranda, stood by her. Even when on a different continent Miranda manages to keep in touch and find ways to support Lucia. I loved how Miranda stands up to her husband to help her sister when she needs it the most yet she doesn’t allow Lucia to take...

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Older sister Miranda is fiercely protective of her younger impulsive sister, Lucia. When their mother dies and Lucia starts to hear voices, Miranda fights for her sister's needs and a proper doctor's diagnosis. Lucia goes through a marriage, leaving her husband, having a baby and making other life-changing decisions all while trying to escape her own mental illness. Meanwhile her sister struggles with when and how much to help.

Let me preface this review by saying I am very critical with books about mental health or a chronic illness. Even with a fiction genre, it is important the author stays true to fact and not wing it when describing a diagnosis, character's actions or...

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Everything Here Is Beautiful by author Mira T. Lee is a heartbreaking story about a family in crisis. **If you or a family member suffers from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, this can be disturbing. **
The story slips between time past and present during the telling, so it is at times confusing. Miranda and Lucia are sisters who have already lived through sadness and troubles. Their mother had often been ill and has died. Lucia also known as Lucy, the younger sister has a history of bi-polar disorder with schizophrenia tendencies. Miranda, the oldest sister does all she can to make sure her sister gets the care she needs, but she can not control her sisters actions through the years...

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Miranda and Lucia are sisters. Miranda is always looking out for the younger and more impulsive Lucia. Their single mother is from China, but relocates to the United States where she's getting an education and is working hard to give her daughters a good future. Miranda and Lucia are both intelligent and talented and they each study hard. However, when their mother dies the first cracks start to appear in their relationship. Lucia is struggling with demons Miranda doesn't understand. Miranda is trying to keep her sister safe, but it's difficult because of Lucia's erratic behavior. What will happen to the sisters now that they only have each other?

Lucia marries an older...

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EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL, Mira T. Lee's debut novel, is a fascinating story told from multiple points of view. The various characters, as well as the switches between first and third person, add depth to the novel. It also allows the reader to see the characters and their relationships through different perspectives.

The novel focuses on two sisters, Miranda and Lucia, and their devoted but strained relationship. Miranda is the older sister, and she has always felt responsible for Lucia. So responsible that she has frequently sacrificed her own happiness and peace of mind to focus on taking care of her younger sister. Lucia suffers from a mental illness, and it's...

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Review here: https://angryangelbooks.com/2018/01/16/everything-here-is-beautiful/
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It took me a little while to get into this novel about two sisters over many years. The older Miranda always looked out for her younger sister Lucia. Initially, they are close, but after Lucia’s first breakdown, tensions begin. If Lucia goes off her medication, she might have another break, and she resents Miranda’s, to her mind, patronizing way of trying to force her to take medication that makes her drowsy and clouded.

Once I got into the unique, dazzling style of storytelling, I was gripped. It becomes a tense story in a very different way than the suspense novels I read. This was because of the tension of waiting for Lucia to have another breakdown. I was rooting for all of the...

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This book clarifies the harsh realities of a people living with mental illness. The main character Lucia suffers from schizoaffective disorder and possible bipolar disease with psychotic features. If she doesn't take her pills, she becomes a very frightening person to live with; harmful both to herself and others. For such people, it is very important to avoid stressful environments and get proper sleep. Above all else, they must take their medication and have periodic appointments with a psych doctor to maintain their condition. This is a genetic disease. People are born with it and cannot help it. Of course, navigating the disease is a nightmare that their family and loved ones...

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I thought this book was very well-written and a true depiction of mental illness. It needed to be written, it's something everyone should read, but I can't say I enjoyed reading it. It reminds me a lot of "We Need To Talk About Kevin" in that way. The nature of her illness made it so redundant and every time things seemed to go well, we all knew what was coming next. I expected more to be done with her sister in the second half of the book, though it is hard to articulate what.
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The only word I could think while reading this book was "devastating." The story, while marketed as a story about two sisters, is actually about far more than that. Miranda and Lucia emigrated from China to the U.S. with their mother as children, and after their mother dies of lung cancer, they are each other's only family. Lucia, the firecracker of the two sisters, gets married to an Israeli man named Yonah at the age of 28. Shortly afterward, she becomes involuntarily committed and diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (doctors can never agree). Miranda becomes her key advocate and takes care of her, but the relationship between the two sisters starts to fray.
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This novel is harrowing, but having a beloved sister with mental illness is not an easy thing. Miranda and Lucia struggle over the years. There's a child and several foreign countries involved over the years, as well as several very decent men.

But I wanted someone to get a break. Lucia does find some peace, briefly, at least, in Ecuador and with Yonah, her real soulmate. Miranda's whole life is spent on tenderhooks, waiting for the next call about her sister's condition. Mira Lee does a fine job of expressing mental illness in the experience of the person dealing with it. How everything seems great, until suddenly, it isn't. But it's all within you, so it seems...

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Many thanks to NetGalley, Paula Dorman Books, and Mira Lee for the opportunity to read and review this book. What an amazing debut novel.

At its heart, this book is about mental illness and the toll it takes not only on the afflicted but the entire family. Two sisters - Miranda, the oldest, and Lucia - immigrate from China to America with their mother. Lucia was always the more free-spirited child but when that personality turns into mental illness, Miranda does everything she can to protect and get help for Lucia, even when that causes issues in her own life.

The story is told through different points of view - Miranda, Lucia, Lucia's boyfriend Manny - as well as in different...

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I think I"m about a 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for this one. I loved all the characters and was moved by the realness of Lucia's struggle. I feel like it might be a hard one to recommend because it is so heavy, but for literature lovers it's got all the right stuff.
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"'It's weird. In all these years, no one's ever told me I suffered from cancer. I'm a fighter, A survivor, you know.' ... It occurs to me that no condition covered in the DSM-IV is ever followed by the word 'survivor,' but I don't mention this."

I don't typically start my reviews with a quote, but this one just keeps repeating itself over and over in my head. Mental illness is just as much all consuming as a cancer, but we don't praise those who are surviving it every day or call them heroes. Instead we fear and scorn them, run from them and tear them down.

Everything Here is Beautiful takes us through the life of someone with a...

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