2017 . Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary . Celeste Ng
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 celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.
0735224293 (ISBN13: 9780735224292)
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2 months ago
One of the best books I ever read! It has so many layers! Starts out interesting and medium paced intertwining relationships and then about half way through it takes off and becomes a "can't put down" book!!! I loved the contrast in the characters. I loved the transformation of the characters as they diverted from their usual roles. Many lessons in this book! I may read Celeste Ng's first book!
3 months ago
An artist with a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.
3 months ago
4 months 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
7 months ago
A great read - pulled me in from the beginning.
10 months ago
Enjoyed this very much. Can’t wait for the show
1 year 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
2 years ago
Really loved this, gentle easy read, only giving it a 4 because the ending was such a let down