All the Things We Don't Talk About
by Amy Feltman
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Pub Date 24 May 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jul 2022
Morgan Flowers just wants to hide. Raised by their neurodivergent father, Morgan has grown up haunted by the absence of their mysterious mother Zoe, especially now, as they navigate their gender identity and the turmoil of first love. Their father Julian has raised Morgan with care, but he can’t quite fill the gap left by the dazzling and destructive Zoe, who fled to Europe on Morgan’s first birthday. And when Zoe is dumped by her girlfriend Brigid, she suddenly comes crashing back into Morgan and Julian’s lives, poised to disrupt the fragile peace they have so carefully cultivated.
Through it all, Julian and Brigid have become unlikely pen-pals and friends, united by the knowledge of what it’s like to love and lose Zoe; they both know that she hasn’t changed. Despite the red flags, Morgan is swiftly drawn into Zoe’s glittering orbit and into a series of harmful missteps, and Brigid may be the only link that can pull them back from the edge. A story of betrayal and trauma alongside queer love and resilience, ALL THE THINGS WE DON’T TALK ABOUT is a celebration of and a reckoning with the power and unintentional pain of a thoroughly modern family.
"All the Things We Don't Talk About is big-hearted, humane, and governed by a keen emotional intelligence; Feltman has deftly drawn a lively and expansive portrait of a family that I grew to love and was sad to leave. "—Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had
"As contemporary and surprising as it is acutely felt, Amy Feltman's All The Things We Don't Talk About explores all the ways we get in our own way as we try and fail and try again to care for one another, how love that's flawed can still be fierce and true, worth fighting for."—Lynn Steger Strong, author of Want
“Serving up nuance, ambivalence, texture, and joy with a splash of humor, All the Things We Don't Talk About is the queer domestic novel of my dreams. It's all here--the ways families are evolving and must evolve into our increasingly liberated and uncertain future, deep examinations of class privilege, and deeply moving characters.”—Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of The Third Rainbow Girl
"All the Things We Don’t Talk About is a deeply moving, intimate family saga, and one of those rare novels that is attuned to the smallest shifts within each character. Amy Feltman is a master storyteller and keeps us on our toes until the very end."—Sanaë Lemoine, author of The Margot Affair
"[T]he complex relationship between Morgan and Julian places this novel solidly in the category of worthwhile reads. . . A multidimensional family drama."—Kirkus Reviews
"Feltman’s writing succeeds in depicting each of these characters with nuance and grace. . . [R]eaders are sure to find characters to root for and identify with." —Booklist
“Are you tired of cookie-cutter family dramas? You don’t have to worry about that with All The Things We Don’t Talk About. . . Feltman’s portrait of complex familial relationships is deeply absorbing and emblematic of the complicated nature of love.”—Buzzfeed
Average rating from 31 members
There are only a few books that I dragged to finish because I was loving it so much I didn't want it to end.
This book is one of them.
I still have a warm feeling in my heart when I think of the characters.
Such messed-up loving people. I wish I could hug them.
Morgan is a nonbinary teenager. They are starting to get a crush on Sadie.
Their father, Julian, is neurodivergent and he loves Morgan and wants to protect them from all the evils in the world.
Morgan’s mother, Zoe, left them when she was just a child. Zoe is the most messed up character I’ve ever met. Seriously.
And now she’s feeling the unstoppable need to be closer to Morgan. But Zoe’s comeback messes everyone’s lives catastrophically.
This book is to be read slowly and feel all the feelings.
At every page turn I thought something bad was going to happen and I’d start sobbing.
I wish I could read this book for the first time again. Enjoy and let me know what you think.
"All the Thigs We Don't Talk About" is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved being able to change perspectives and discover how the different character's brains worked. The writing was fantastic, the character building and evolution was, once again, incredible. I will definitely read this again and recommend it to everyone.
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