Celeste Ng is an Asian American writer. Everything I Never Told You, Ng’s debut novel which was published in 2014, topped Amazon’s Best Book of 2014 and was a New York Times bestseller. Additionally, Girls at Play, Ng’s short story, won a Pushcart Prize in 2012. In 2017, she published her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere.
As an Asian American, Ng’s parents moved from Hong Kong to the US in the 1960s. Ng was born in Pennsylvania in 1980. When she was ten years old, Ng’s family moved to Ohio. During her high school in Ohio, Ng took part in the student group on race relations and was an editor in her high school’s literary magazine. After graduating from high school, Ng entered Harvard University to major in English. Then, Ng got her master degree of Fine Arts in writing in the University of Michigan. During the time, she got the Hopwood Award for her short novel What Passes Over.
Everything I Never Told You described an Asian American family in the 1970s. Ng spent six years to write the novel and recorded the experiences of racism she, her family, and her friends had suffered earlier in their life. According to the description from Entertainment Weekly, “[this book is] both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family.” At present, Everything I Never Told You has been published and translated into more than 20 languages.