Everything I Never Told You Symbols & Objects

Celeste Ng
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The Lake

When the Lees first move to Middlewood, the realtor charms them by highlighting the nearby lake. "And think of it, the lake practically at your doorstep," the realtor tells James. "You and the kiddos can swim all summer. Like having your own private beach." And, indeed, at first living in Middlewood presents the promise of a successful middle class American life for James and Marilyn.

Over the years, however, James and the children are subject to ridicule and resentment from members of the community. Marilyn, with her all-American good looks, is immune to the racist remarks that the rest of her family receives. As they grow up, the children do go swimming at the lake frequently. Ultimately, however, it is where Lydia's body is discovered and it is where her family comes to understand she committed suicide.

When Lydia decides to redirect her life, she...

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