Celeste Ng: Biography

Celeste Ng

30 jul 1980

Celeste Ng (born in early 1980s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American author, best known for her debut novel Everything I Never Told You.

Celeste grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. She attended Harvard University and earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She won the Hopwood Award (2006) for her short story What Passes Over and the Pushcart Prize (2012) for her story Girls, At Play. She has also been awarded a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Celeste Ng has taught writing at the University of Michigan and Grub Street in Boston. Her fiction and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, One Story, Subtropics, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, the Bellevue Literary Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Millions, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Celeste Ng is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and was previously Editor-at-Large for the writing website Fiction Writers Review.

Currently, Ng lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.

Ng earned wide critical acclaim for her first novel, Everything I Never Told You (2014), both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-raced family in crisis, set in 1970s small-town Ohio. The author’s themes of assimilation, the burden of parental expectations, family secrets, and the basic human need to belong are themselves deftly interlaced into a ghostly tale compared to Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel The Lovely Bones.

In numerous interviews, Ng has admitted her keen interest in issues of culture and identity, largely attributed to both her parents’ and her husband’s Chinese origin. She has also revealed that the characters in her novel were shaped in many ways through her own life experiences.

Everything I Never Told You is published in over a dozen languages.