Little Fires Everywhere (Hardcover)
Elena Richardson is living an idyllic life with her husband and four teenagers in the privileged community of Shaker Heights. She rents one of her “extra” houses to Mia, an unconventional artist and single mother of Pearl, who becomes infatuated with the Richardson teens. Their lifestyles are so different from her own, and Pearl wants to be part of it! Shaker Heights becomes divided when friends of the Richardson’s become enmeshed in a custody battle over a Chinese baby they recently adopted. Mia and Elena support opposite sides of this battle, as the teens flounder with their own beliefs.
This is a well-crafted story that delves deeply into each character, encouraging the reader to contemplate not only the often complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, but also to face the question; What is a mother. This story, which began with a destructive house fire and ended in the same scene, kept me captivated until the very end. I loved it!
- Recommended by Virgie— From October Staff Picks for Book Lovers
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. Perfect for book clubs Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.
About the Author
Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the ALA's Alex Award. She is a 2016 NEA fellow, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.