Author of the New York Times bestseller Everything I Never Told You
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About Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng is the author of the debut novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press), which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book for 2014, and Amazon’s #1 Best Book of the Year for 2014. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the 2014-2015 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Adult Fiction. In this literary thriller, Ng tells the story of a Chinese American family living in small-town Ohio in the 1970s whose middle child, Lydia, mysteriously disappears. As the family’s lives are uprooted, they are forced to confront long-held secrets that have been slowly pulling the family apart.
In her novel and keynote presentations, Ng deftly explores issues of cultural identity, gender relations, and the struggles faced by multicultural families.
Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Everything I Never Told You
This lecture is a discussion of Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel Everything I Never Told You—the story behind the book and the process of writing it. The audience will learn about the real-life seeds of the story as well as where fact and fiction intersect in the novel.
On Writing and Science
In this talk, Celeste Ng discusses her path to becoming a writer and how growing up in a family of scientists has influenced her work, as well as where she finds inspiration for her stories.
The “Difficult” Woman
Women and men in fiction are often held to very different standards: women characters (and the women who write them) are more often judged on “likability.” In this lecture, Celeste Ng discusses the concept of the “unlikeable” or “difficult” woman, its implications, and the need for creating complex characters.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being an Asian American Writer
What does it mean to be an “Asian American” writer? In this talk, Celeste Ng discusses her own evolving relationship with the term, as well as larger issues of “ethnic” writing and cultural identity in fiction.
Praise for Celeste Ng
Praise for Everything I Never Told You
A "cleverly crafted, emotionally perceptive debut ... Ng's themes of assimilation are themselves deftly interlaced into a taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense."— O Magazine
Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family... [an] explosive debut.— Entertainment Weekly
A]n accomplished debut... It's also heart-wrenching. Ng deftly pulls together the strands of this complex, multigenerational novel. Everything I Never Told You is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together — and that finally end up tearing it apart.— The Los Angeles Times
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Everything I Never Told You
“If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American fiction, not until now… Ng has set two tasks in this novel’s doubled heart—to be exciting, and to tell a story bigger than whatever is behind the crime. She does both by turning the nest of familial resentments into at least four smaller, prickly mysteries full of secrets the family members won’t share… What emerges is a deep, heartfelt portrait of a family struggling with its place in history, and a young woman hoping to be the fulfillment of that struggle. This is, in the end, a novel about the burden of being the first of your kind—a burden you do not always survive.” — Alexander Chee, New York Times Book Review