Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press/Penguin Random House, 2017
ISBN: 9780735224292
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 24 cm


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Examination of family life with five strong teen-aged protagonists.

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Dec 27, 2018

One of the few books I didnt finish, couldn't get into it.. maybe I'm the only one?

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 27, 2018

As is so often the case with extremely buzzy books that everyone is talking about, when I read this last year I wasn't quiiiiiiite as blown away by it as everyone else was, though, in the interests of fairness, literary fiction set in the suburbs of the Midwest is never going to be precisely my cup of tea. But the fact is that this has really stuck with me -- nearly a year later, I can recall the plot in great detail, and I still think all the racial politics simmering beneath the surface of this make for super interesting reading. And any book that is this well-written while also this hard to put down is a winner for me.

Dec 23, 2018

I've been wanting to read Little Fires Everywhere since I first heard about it; and I finally got my hands on it thanks to the library. It's definitely one of the best novels that I've read in 2018. Great storyline, great characters, and great premise. I'll have to check out Celeste Ng's debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, too.

Dec 21, 2018

Compelling enough to draw you in to the story but very disappointing in the ending. You will be left with a “is that all there is feeling.”

Hillsboro_JennyFl Nov 24, 2018

This is a deep character exploration that explores class and relationships with a focus on mother/daughter dynamics. I loved this peek into the lives of these characters and especially enjoyed the depiction of what it means to live an artistic life.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 18, 2018

An exploration of many different mother-daughter relationships. Sooooo good.

Nov 02, 2018

good book not really good writing but a good story
upper class family artist woman and teenage daughter who move a lot
become friends
bebe gives up her baby daughter friend adopt wants her back kidnaps leaves for china
artist and daughter leave town
daughter burns down their house

Oct 31, 2018

Some writers just pull me in from page 1 with their words and characters and story telling. Celeste Ng is one of them. I enjoyed her debut novel and decided to watch out for her next books. I was not disappointed. This is not a detective story but I was so intrigued and couldn't put the book down and even stayed up late reading it. Her characters are full and there's never stark black or white, always grey, making them very human. After I finished the book, I told myself, it is not full of twists like Gone Girl or A Simple Favor and I actually prefer this one more as it is more believable.
I look forward to more of Celeste's books in the future.

Oct 29, 2018

A really interesting read about the American suburb dream in the 1990s. The fluid perspectives throughout the novel flowed seamlessly and really captured the voice of every character. This is truly a wholesome novel about family. Would recommend!

CMLibrary_sdeason Oct 23, 2018

This book is perfect for the 30/40 somethings who grew up in the 1990's. From pagers to pranks, you can identify with the teen siblings, but recognize the conflict in the adults. Great for a book club!

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TheBookWitch Apr 14, 2018

"To a parent, your child wasn't just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she'd been and the child she'd become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again." p. 122

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.

Jan 30, 2018

“…his life had been divided into a before and an after, and he would always be comparing the two.” - p. 21

Jan 30, 2018

“All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generation to the next, like an Olympic torch. Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame; a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze. Carefully controlled. Domesticated. Happy in captivity. The key, she thought, was to avoid conflagration.” - p. 161

Jan 30, 2018

“Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn't, you might burn the world to the ground.” - p. 161

Jan 30, 2018

“One had followed the rules, and one had not. But the problem with rules... was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time they were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure what side of the line you stood on.” - p. 269

Jan 30, 2018

“Sometimes, just when you think everything’s gone, you find a way… Like after a prairie fire… It seems like the end of the world. The earth is all scorched and black and everything green is gone. But after the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow… People are like that, too, you know. They start over. They find a way.” - p. 295


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