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Date(s) - 02/19/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Orinda Books


In Conversation with Mark Lukach

About the Book:
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL is a tale of two sisters—as different as night and day, but tethered by an unshakable bond, even when they are half a world apart. Miranda, the older, is straitlaced and serious, responsible because she has to be; Lucia, the younger, is headstrong and impulsive, and struggles with schizophrenia. Their connection, and the ways in which it is tested, is at the heart of EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL, an unforgettable debut novel from a breakout new literary voice, and a dazzling, deeply felt tale about the lengths we go to for those we love. When Lucia’s lucidity begins to falter and she starts hearing voices, Miranda must find a way to save her sister without losing herself in the process. The push-and-pull between the sisters, as they struggle to do the right thing for themselves and for each other, yields an intimate and powerful family drama. But Lee also deftly tackles the big issues they face: mental illness and its treatment; immigration and cultural displacement; interracial relationships; marriage; parenthood; and more—all with compassion and realism.

EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL is a poignant, multilayered, and skillfully wrought narrative that explores the boundaries of our responsibilities to our loved ones.

About the Author:
Mira T. Lee’s work has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, including The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and Triquarterly. She was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of Stanford University, and currently lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her debut novel.