Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Large Print - 2017
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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
Branch Call Number: FIC Ng
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

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.

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,

Jan 16, 2018

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

Jcheng1234 Jan 14, 2018

I am delighted to read Celeste Ng’s second novel. Another amazing work, suspenseful, full of family drama and secrets. Motherhood, pregnancy, abortion, surrogate mother, adoption, social class, culture are some of the very thought provoking themes. The custody battle for an Asian baby girl by a white couple and the town’s opposing view if it is biological alone or it is love that make someone a mother aroused a lot of tension. A very good read, highly recommended!

Jan 10, 2018

#5 on Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2017

Jan 04, 2018

Not really an enjoyable book. Read like a high school exercise.

Jan 01, 2018

Agree with those who say they didn't want the book to end. Terrific and well-drawn characters that you want to spend more time with and learn more about.

Dec 29, 2017

Enjoyed it a lot, reminded me of Anne Tyler.

Dec 20, 2017

I had seen this book pop up on a couple of my friends' IG stories (and since the wait at the library was like 17 people long when I jumped in the queue I knew it HAD to be good), so I grabbed it once it became available. I didn't know anything about the author or the book prior to picking it up, but was hoping for a good "story" I could get lost in (the recent books I've read haven't been novels and I just wanted something to entertain me for a while). This was a fairly quick read and kept my attention the entire time. There was quite a bit of build up and back stories to tell, but when it got good, it really got good. It sort of reminded me of a Real Housewives type story - full of all the suburban drama. I'll be honest, I didn't want the story to end. It was suspenseful, tense and totally absorbing. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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