Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

A Novel

Book - 2017
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From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, the intertwined stories of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the mother and daughter who upend their lives "I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope ..."--Jodi Picoult, New York Times -bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time 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.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735224292
0735224293
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 24 cm

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marcpassen
Feb 17, 2018

Great read, couldn't put the book down...highly recommend!

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klbrooker40
Feb 06, 2018

Loved this book! Love this author. Can't wait to read more from her.

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

A HUGE THUMBS UP!!! As the lives of two families intertwine, secrets are revealed and sparks are ignited, both figuratively and literally, in the absorbing domestic drama, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. The setting is integral to the book’s plot. It’s the late 1990s, and author Celeste Ng deftly inserts references to the culture and politics of this time period within her storyline. Most of the action takes place in Shaker Heights, the idyllic suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and its rule-based order will be a source of conflict for some of the characters. This is a multi-layered story that explores the maternal bond in various forms, but also the impacts race, social class, and choice have on the lives of the individuals involved as well as their community at large. Ultimately this is a compelling, character-driven story that will challenge readers’ thinking and opinions as the plot progresses. One of the best novels I’ve read recently, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is an excellent choice for book groups.

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heidijoemonty
Jan 30, 2018

I loved this book- the way the characters were written and their relationships with one another. While I thought I was initially being bogged down with mundane details, it turned into a lovely story about families, and what we would do to protect them. Absolutely stunning.

RGHanna Jan 27, 2018

Thinking of how to sum up this novel, I landed on the word “challenging”. Ng sets out to challenge the beliefs of her characters as well as her readers. If you’re like me, you don’t want an author to tell you “cry now,” “laugh now,” “turn the page now,” “believe everything this character says,” etc. I appreciate Ng’s way of telling a lovely story that presents fully fleshed-out characters, ones I learned to care about, ones whose experiences altered their thoughts along with my own. Overall a great read.

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mstarase
Jan 23, 2018

Excellent read. My only criticism is that she does a very good job tying things together but Mrs. Richardson doesn't get the full story at the end as she should.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 22, 2018

After a slow start, I ended up really liking this book. The book takes place in 1997, and starts as the Warrens leave Shaker Heights, and the Richardsons’ house is burned down by their daughter Lizzie. The book then looks backwards, and each mystery is solved in unexpected ways. I ended the book wishing that there had been more of Pearl and Izzie. I also never really understood why Mrs. Richardson was the way she was. Overall, the way the different plotlines weaved together and the descriptions of suburban life made this a really outstanding book. It is also beautifully written.

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KatG1983
Jan 22, 2018

A spectacular novel about family, and the choices we make that end up defining us. Great, well rounded characters with real depth. High recommend this book.

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njon38
Jan 20, 2018

Best book club book of the year, so much to discuss. While I see that the primary subject of the book is the relationship between mother's and daughters, family secrets and their effects, the emotionally wrenching part of this book for me the custody fight between the anglo foster parents and the chinese birth mother. So puzzling what is the right decision for the child,

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annagraceiaboni
Jan 16, 2018

Highly enjoyable read. Great character development. The ending felt rushed but overall very enjoyable.

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“…his life had been divided into a before and an after, and he would always be comparing the two.” - p. 21

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generation to the next, like an Olympic torch. Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame; a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze. Carefully controlled. Domesticated. Happy in captivity. The key, she thought, was to avoid conflagration.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn't, you might burn the world to the ground.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“One had followed the rules, and one had not. But the problem with rules... was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time they were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure what side of the line you stood on.” - p. 269

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Sometimes, just when you think everything’s gone, you find a way… Like after a prairie fire… It seems like the end of the world. The earth is all scorched and black and everything green is gone. But after the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow… People are like that, too, you know. They start over. They find a way.” - p. 295

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