The power of a sister’s love.
When two sister’s mother die, they assume their roles; Miranda, to fiercely take care of her younger sister, Lucia, and Lucia’s mental illness to take over their lives.
In Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL, Miranda is the older sister, Lucia’s protector, but Lucia doesn’t see her that way. When Lucia marries a man who at first, doesn’t recognize her illness, there is trouble for all involved. She leaves him for another man, has a baby with him and moves the family to Ecuador and then back to the US. Lucia’s life is spiraling out of control, and when she crashes and burns, it’s up to Miranda, who lives half a world away to come and take care of her.
Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again – but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans – but what does it take to break them?
EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL is told in alternating points of view and it’s a beautiful portrait of sisters’ love, and the sacrifices they go through to help the other. If you personally haven’t experienced mental illness or had someone you know suffering, parts of this book may seem far-fetched, but it is anything but. Untreated mental illness, whether its depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or some other form kills. Lucia is blessed to have an advocate in her sister Miranda.
Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, was selected as an Indies Introduce title (Top 10 Debut for 2018) and Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association, and named a Top Winter/2018 Pick by more than 30 news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, O Magazine, Poets & Writers, New York magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Seattle Times, Buzzfeed, Marie Claire, Real Simple, and Electric Lit, among others. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review, Triquarterly, Harvard Review, and American Short Fiction, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She has been the recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Missouri Review‘s Peden Prize.
In her previous lives, Mira has also been known as a graphic designer, a pop-country drummer, a salsa dancing fanatic, and a biology graduate student. Mira is an alum of Stanford University, and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.