A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
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, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. 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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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We all have little fires burning in our lives, secrets that could eventually explode into raging blazes. Celeste Ng’s wonderfully multilayered novel about conformity and rebellion in ’90s suburban Ohio shows that mothers can be just as willful as their teenage daughters—and that unexamined privilege can destroy even the best intentions. As the tensions between artsy Mia, status-conscious Elena, and their seemingly mismatched daughters ratchet higher, voice actress Jennifer Lim gets under the skin of Ng’s welcomingly complicated characters, revealing new subtleties in a fascinating story in which the line between heroes and villains is often fuzzy.
This book helps to showcase social issues that affect so many in the world today, and forces two strong appearing women to look within themselves and see things they’ve willfully ignored. I enjoyed the overall writing of the book and felt the author did a good job at developing the characters. Be mindful of how you treat others, because we all have a story and may only be telling a small half...
Started off slow but got better
The book started off slow for me but it did get better. It ended with a “cliffhanger” so im hoping part 2 will be coming soon.
Read Book, Skip Show
I am so happy I read this before watching the series on Hulu. I understand aspects being changed and I typically love knowing how only readers know the full story. But the way the Mia and Elena were adapted was a travesty! The characters especially Mia was written so beautifully in the book but to me lacking in the TV Series. Keri Washington did a great job with what she was given same with Reese Witherspoon. But the adaption was crude and unnecessarily changed in too many places, to understand, the beauty and depth captured by the words written. a Fantastic, compelling, beautiful and enjoyable read, with a tragic theatrical interpretation.