Lucia has always been bright, capable, energetic and even wild at times, and her sister Miranda has always taken care of her. But when Lucia’s life starts taking unusual turns - a hasty marriage, abrupt moves and disappearances, a sudden urge to have a baby - Miranda doesn’t know how to take care of her. Miranda is afraid that Lucia is having a repeat of the breakdown she had in her youth, a perplexing mental illness that doctors struggle to diagnose, and now Miranda is trying to manage Lucia’s illness from her new home in Switzerland. But does Lucia want to be managed?
Everything Here is Beautiful is an insightful novel that offers a look at mental illness from many points of view. Starting with everyone whose paths cross Lucia’s - her sister, her husband, the father of her baby, with all of their fears and confusion - the novel works its way into Lucia’s own narrative, offering a new interpretation of everything the other characters see from the outside. A powerful portrayal of a challenging and often baffling illness. - Michelle (Sunset)