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Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 8,097 Ratings


The #1 New York Times bestseller!

Now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.” —Jodi Picoult

“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” —Reese Witherspoon

“Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don't come along often.” —John Green

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

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, PasteKirkus ReviewsSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more...

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  • Excruciatingly slow first half never fully redeemed by the second.

    By filmguyryan
    I struggled to get through the first half of this book in a way that I haven’t with a book on a long time. The unending descriptions of the town governance, garbage collection, house trim and the like were going on for far longer than necessary. I understood the cookie-cutter, planned community nature of Shaker Heights and its “perfect” residents after a couple of chapters. I didn’t need 150 pages of details to convey the scene. I found myself walking away from the book for a week or so after every few chapters before attempting to motivate myself to pick it up again. Right about the halfway mark events started to unravel and it held my interest, but as soon as I reached the end it all felt a bit too little, too late.
  • A great read

    By jwatson26
    I saw the tv show first but the book gave so much more insight into the characters. A great read
  • Captivating!

    By Carooooolll
    Great read! Definitely read the book before watching the show!
  • Good

    This was a good book! It was an easy read and I enjoyed the writing style. I didn’t want to put it down, but it was just a little predictable. And the ending wasn’t very good, pretty anticlimactic.
  • Meh.

    By Elannimal
    Simple writing, leans on trite clichés to try to make a tedious social statement.
  • A story about family, sacrifices and bravery but lacking in organization.

    By Substitute4love_18
    I was really excited for this book! I really wanted to know who started the fire or how many fires would occur in the book and I was super excited about how a whole family could be involved. I was compelled to write a review because of it felt like the title didn’t live up to its publicity and my expectations of what I’ve heard about the book from other reviewers. The first ten pages drew me in right away....then it slowed down for about a 120 pages. This is where it got really difficult to finish the book. It felt like multiple ideas and thoughts from different characters just randomly tossed in there to give the book extra fluff. There was a good 50 pages just about the journalist mother’s plan to find out Mia’s past and it had a very slow start even though it’s a short 350 page book. I loved the overall idea of the story. The themes about family extending to past who you share genes with and I love the way Mia’s art was described as a symbolic measure of sacrifice. I really appreciated the ending and I hope you read it but I was just confused what was going on for the middle of the book. Thanks for reading ;)
  • Gripping Story

    By taramann
    A gripping story examining what it means to be family.
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    Safe to say, another great book suggestion from Reese’s Book Club!
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