Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng

  • Release Date: 2017-09-12
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 1,240 Ratings
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The runaway New York Times bestseller!

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!
"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

“I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.”—John Green

"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." – Paula Hawkins

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.

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  • Great read

    By Momima99
    Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend
  • Little fires everywhere

    By Book club girl
    Superb character development in this richly webbed story of an American family with all the scars and beauty showing all at the same time. Within the pages are several opportunities for good discussions and lessons to be learned about ourselves. I highly recommend this read.
  • B

    By tj vz
    By Her
  • Slow

    By UFit
    Very slow at first!!! Only the last third of the book was good.
  • Little Fires Everywhere

    By 57lac03
    What a great read! Could hardly put it down! Highly recommended! Made me really think about the facade that we put out there and the affect it has on our children. As a mother it encouraged me to appreciate the differences in my children.
  • UI’m bthas

    By 79377323789324899
    GAO n🐗🐸🦊so HBUhh
  • Loved it!!

    By Beautiful me myself n I
    I took a chance and bought this book on a whim after seeing it on a top sellers chart and I’m soooo happy I did!! I’ve stayed up waaayyyy past my bedtime reading it, because I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters, and it made me question what I would do in some of the situations that were presented in the story. As another person mentioned, I would love a sequel!!
  • Deep, complex moral and familial issues

    By Judystep
    Told masterfully with love, finesse, and understanding. Shaker Heights, Ohio the perfect setting, so well described. Too many tangential characters, examples and events, to give it a 5, but quite a masterpiece of writing.
  • I wanted to like it, but...

    By verydisapoonted
    I picked it up and put it down twice. I haven't hit 100 pages yet and was bored to death with slow, agonizing development. The teenage drama of was so long ago for me that I just couldn't relate. I felt like this book is best for young adults or at least the beginning of it is and like I said, despite my trying, I could not get past 100 pages.
  • Little Fires Everywhere

    By BlueBecker
    I loved this book, although there were a few areas that I think were overwritten, the character development and deep dive into what motivates people to be either good or evil was well done!