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Family Bonds are Tested by Mental Illness in Mira T. Lee’s Debut, ‘Everything Here Is Beautiful’

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In her new book Everything Here Is Beautiful¬†(Pamela Dorman Books), author Mira T. Lee eloquently shows us when someone has a mental illness, it affects each person in the family and impacts all relationships. Miranda and Lucia grew up very close, as loving sisters, Chinese-American girls from New York. When their mother dies, Lucia marries an unlikely match for her— a kind, Israeli man with one arm. After some time, though, Lucia leaves him and becomes involved with a younger Hispanic man, eventually having his child and moving with him to Ecuador, to live in a tiny hut with no bathroom, adjacent to his extended family. Her behaviors are extreme, and even after she has ended up in the hospital,…

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