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Little Fires Everywhere

2017 . Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary . Celeste Ng



About the book


In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren--an enigmatic artist and single mother--who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood--and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more... Perfect for book clubs! Visit for discussion guides and more.






Penguin Press




0735224293 (ISBN13: 9780735224292)


New York Times Best Sellers

2 weeks ago


An artist with a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.

Maria Llamas

2 weeks ago


Amazing book!!

Caroline Lasorsa

1 month ago


I read this book without expecting much, but I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. There are so many different subplots and character dynamics within the storyline and all are equally engaging. Definitely recommend

Alexa Bys

4 months ago


A great read - pulled me in from the beginning.

Beatriz Marañon Straarup

7 months ago


Enjoyed this very much. Can’t wait for the show

Hello Sunshine Book Club

10 months ago


Sept ’17 - “Celeste Ng writes with stunning accuracy about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection.” - Reese Witherspoon

Annie Spencer

1 year ago


Really loved this, gentle easy read, only giving it a 4 because the ending was such a let down

Michelle Bobb

2 months ago