Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng


  • Publication Date: 2017-09-12
  • Category: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 4,850 Ratings)

Summary

The #1 New York Times bestseller!

Soon to be a Hulu limited 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...


Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more. 

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  • Little Fires Everwhere

    4
    By Clutterless
    Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the storytelling. There were moments of greatness in the prose. I saw a one star rating and have to believe that person was reading a different book!
  • Love this book

    5
    By 💞💞Lesley💞💞
    Relatable and a page turner.
  • Little Fires Everywhere

    5
    By Kelly Lynn Danielson
    Such a great group of stories intertwined together in a way that is both simple and complex all at the same time. Excited to see the Hulu miniseries that’s due to be released sometime in 2020 based on this book. Highly recommend!
  • The ending...really?!

    3
    By flyngg
    This book I thought was a great read until the end. It’s almost as if Celestes just decides “Ok. I’m done.” I wanted more details on where these characters end up. I feel like there are too many story lines that are left open. Extremely disappointing!
  • What was NYT thinking?

    1
    By nyrain
    How did this get a good review from NYT? I read, more like skimmed over, and finished the book. I was bored by the upper white class mentality with a few challenges encountered. The first chapter had promise but lost me after that. Light read . Boring.
  • Quick read - a little basic

    4
    By Christine 2986
    Good, quick read although felt a little too dramatic and like I was watching a Hollywood TV series
  • Perfect.

    5
    By Amber Ash
    Great and easy read.
  • What was the point??

    3
    By KayMay726
    This book would have gotten a 2 star if it wasn’t for all the awesome 90’s references. I kept waiting for the book to get better, but unfortunately it didn’t. The author shares a lot about each character and then the book is over. I kept thinking, what is the point of this book? So many different storylines for no reason. Not my cup of tea.
  • Little Fires Everywhere

    5
    By Lbuznego
    Excellent read! It was hard to put down.
  • Top Read

    5
    By Scrambler ii
    This is one of my favorite books I read in 2018 and I read a lot! Every detail of this book was spot on down to the descriptions of Cleveland suburbs. The only thing missing was a sequel.

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