Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

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.

Title:Little Fires Everywhere
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735224292
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    Little Fires Everywhere Reviews

  • Julie Ehlers

    The order of the small town on the riverbankForever at war with the order of the dark and starlit soul—Adrienne Rich, “8/1/68”The nonconformist has always been at war with the suburbs—Adrienne...

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/“Little Fires Everywhere” is my first read by Celeste Ng, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last. I could eas...

  • Emily May

    All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. 4 1/2 stars. You should go into this book expecting what it is: a slow-moving charact...

  • Melissa

    *4.25 stars*Little Fires Everywhere is such an apt title for a novel that delves into the intricacies and angst that undoubtedly burns through some relationships—maybe none more so than mother and d...

  • Kat

    my LORD i truly enjoyed this. there were a few minor things with the pacing that i would have changed just a smidge, and it didn't impact me quite as much as ng's debut, but this was beautiful and won...

  • Cindy Pham

    4.5 stars. I was hooked while listening to the audiobook and finished it in 2 days. The family dynamics, tension, and nuance is well done. The themes about parenting and motherhood - what is considere...

  • Matthew

    Dang!If this book does not get your brain churning, well, then you did not read the same book I just did!This book is filled with so many scenarios with so many questions and no perfect answers. Every...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    UPDATE: have just watched the first episode of this tv show on Hulu. as someone who really loved the book a lot before the adaptation was even announced: I am a very big fan. Kerry Washington as Mia i...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Update.... because I don’t know where else to ask this question: how many saw the Hulu series?Thoughts? I loved it. I liked it better than my experience of reading the book. The lead and supporting ...

  • Lori

    So, self-identification determines if a book is YA? Based on more than 60% of the content, this is young adult material. It’s good; parts are excellent, others not so much. I liked Mia’s backstory...