Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee is a fictional novel about Chinese-American sisters named Lucia and Miranda. It is a story about mental illness told by an omniscient narrator who offers insights on Lucia’s mental illness through the eyes not only of Lucia, but the people with whom she has close relationships as well.
Having personally known people suffering from mental illness made this a difficult book for me to read. Knowing what a terrible toll mental illness takes on everyone connected to the patient gave me a clear understanding of the author’s purpose in telling this story the way she did. I respect that. I struggled to the very end where the heart of the subject of mental illness is most shockingly revealed.
I received an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. There are many truths about mental illness portrayed in the book which are very sad and unfortunately, very real. I believe it is a story worth reading and recommend it.