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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 8,519 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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  • Little Fires Everywhere

    One of the best books I have read in a long time. Such an intelligent writer. Slowly peeling away the layers of each character's personality, heart & soul. Refreshing to read and ponder, long after closing the book. Lori
  • Great‼️

    By kmy22125
    Wonderful book. Very well written. Lots of hearts you22
  • Little Fires

    By YayaNetski
    Great - loved the characters!
  • I enjoyed every second.

    By Jamiam987
    I wish there would be a sequel. I read the last third of the book in one stretch, without even going to the bathroom I was that engaged....
  • Excellent read

    By Ajjaffari
    This was such a page turner. I loved the writing style of Celeste very much. I only wish there was a sequel or hopefully one on the way!
  • Good for Book Club Discussions

    By txpenelope
    The story begins with the fire as a teaser and then goes back to tell the story leading up to it. The adoption element of the story doesn’t really come into play until halfway through the book. There are small mysteries throughout the story that keeps the tension up. I didn’t think Mia was a very likable character although later in the book, the author shares details of her past that somewhat explains why she is the way she is. Elena Richardson isn’t very likable either. Overall Little Fires Everywhere is a good story that you will enjoy. Lots of things to discuss so pick this one for your book club.
  • So good

    By White Layout
    Loved it
  • 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!