Celeste Ng

  • La saison des feux

    Celeste Ng


    Quand le voile des apparences ne peut être déchiré, il faut parfois y mettre le feu.

    À Shaker Heights, banlieue riche et tranquille de Cleveland, tout est soigneusement planifié pour le bonheur des résidents. Rien ne dépasse, rien ne déborde, à l'image de l'existence parfaitement réglée d'Elena Richardson, femme au foyer exemplaire.
    Lorsque Mia Warren, une mère célibataire et bohème, vient s'installer dans cette bulle idyllique avec sa fille Pearl, les relations avec la famille Richardson sont d'abord chaleureuses. Mais peu à peu, leur présence commence à mettre en péril l'entente qui règne entre les voisins. Et la tension monte dangereusement à Shaker Heights.
    Après Tout ce qu'on ne s'est jamais dit (Sonatine Éditions, 2016), Celeste Ng confirme avec ce deuxième roman son talent exceptionnel. Rarement le feu qui couve sous la surface policée des riches banlieues américaines aura été montré avec tant d'acuité. Cette comédie de moeurs, qui n'est pas sans rappeler l'univers de Laura Kasischke, se lit comme un thriller. Avec cette galerie de portraits de femmes plus poignants les uns que les autres, c'est aussi l'occasion pour l'auteur d'un constat d'une justesse étonnante sur les rapports sociaux et familiaux aujourd'hui.

  • Connaissez-vous vraiment vos proches ? Lydia Lee, seize ans, est morte. Mais sa famille l'ignore encore... Élève modèle, ses parents ont placé en elle tous leurs espoirs. Sa mère, Marylin, femme au foyer, rêve que sa fille fasse les études de médecine qu'elle n'a pas pu accomplir. Son père, James, professeur d'université d'origine chinoise, a tant souffert de sa différence qu'il a hâte de la retrouver parfaitement intégrée sur le campus. Mais le corps de Lydia gît au fond d'un lac. Accident, meurtre ou suicide ? Lorsque l'adolescente est retrouvée, la famille Lee, en apparence si soudée, va devoir affronter ses secrets les mieux gardés. Des secrets si longtemps enfouis qu'au fil du temps ils ont imperceptiblement éloigné ses membres, creusant des failles qui ne pourront sans doute jamais être comblées. Bien sûr, Tout ce qu'on ne s'est jamais dit distille un suspense d'une rare efficacité. Mais ce livre qu'on garde en soi très longtemps est bien plus que cela. Celeste Ng aborde la violence de la dynamique familiale, les difficultés de communication, le malaise adolescent, avec une intensité exceptionnelle qui évoque l'univers de Laura Kasischke. En distinguant cette oeuvre envoûtante comme l'un des meilleurs romans de l'année, les critiques anglo-saxons ont salué la naissance d'un écrivain majeur et fait le succès du livre, vendu à plus d'un million d'exemplaires.

  • Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.

    When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened.

    Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

  • Découvrez le destin de 8 héroines exceptionnelles et l'univers de 8 écrivains de grand talent ! Au programme les extraits de : - Une autre vie de S J Watson - Les Réponses de Elisabeth Little - Deux de Penny Hancock - La Fille du train de Paula Hawkins - Les Apparences de Gillian Flynn - L'Oubli de Emma Healey - Tout ce qu'on ne s'est jamais dit de Celeste NG - Tout n'est pas perdu de Wendy Walker

  • The runaway New York Times bestseller!
    Named a Best Book of the Year by:
    People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more!
    "I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." –Jodi Picoult
    “To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” - Reese Witherspoon
    “I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.”--John Green
    "Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." – Paula Hawkins
    From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
    Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
    When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.
    Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
    Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.

  • AMAZON.COM'S #1 BEST FICTION PICK 2017
    WINNER OF THE GOODREADS READERS CHOICE AWARD FOR FICTION 2017'To say I love this book is an understatement...It moved me to tears' Reese Witherspoon'Just read it...Outstanding' Matt Haig Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost...What readers are saying:'Highly recommended, beautifully written and thought-provoking'
    'An engrossing read'
    'Absolutely brilliant''Great characters, interesting plot that leaves you desperate to read more and written beautifully. I loved it and highly recommend it!'

  • Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-'in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
    When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family-'Hannah-'who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.
    A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

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