In Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You, the Lee family quickly unravels after their middle daughter Lydia is found floating in an Ohio lake in the 1970s. Lydia’s parents struggle with their guilt, as her father James hoped she’d be a social butterfly while her mother Marilyn constantly pressured Lydia to become a doctor instead of a stay-at-home housewife. Meanwhile, Lydia’s little sister Hannah may hold the key to the truth about her sibling’s death. The family also attempts to keep some of their secrets safely hidden in a closet as well, but all of their destructive tendencies are on display and they are forced to face their own inner demons throughout the course of the novel.
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Sasha Steensen’s poetry collection House of Deer takes the reader back in time to 1970s America, which was a time of idealism, promises, naturalism, and yes, even drug addiction. She frames the pros and cons of the ‘70s in terms of the family unit. In some pieces, families make the decision to “go back to the land” but ultimately wind up moving away from it. In other poems, families struggle with one relative’s drug addiction and attempt to keep their bonds from splitting apart.
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