In her first novel, Everything Here is Beautiful
(Pamela Dorman Books, 2018), author Mira T. Lee
delves into the sometimes troubled but always compelling life of Lucia from the perspectives of her older sister Miranda, her husband, Yonah, and the father of her child, Manny. Miranda, who has taken care of Lucia since she was a baby, struggles to help her sister from near and far. Lucia and those who love her are forced to grapple with her recklessness and her mental illness. They also cope with immigration and cultural issues, relationships, raising Lucia’s child, and all the flotsam and jetsam of Lucia’s chaotic life. In rich, evocative prose, Mira T. Lee has written about love that spans oceans, perspectives, and time. Her work has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, including the Missouri Review
, the Southern Review
, Harvard Review
. She was awarded an Artists fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012 and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of Stanford University and currently lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, Mass.