Little Fires Everywhere (Hardcover)

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A Jodi Picoult-like premise meets Shanthi Sekaram's A Lucky Boy in this compelling and well-written story of two families who live in contemporary Shaker Heights, Ohio: the Richardsons, a wealthy family with four teenagers, and the Wrights, a peripatetic artist and single mother and her daughter, who rent a duplex fro the Richardsons. The lives of everyone in the two families become connected in several ways as the teens become friends and as the artist goes to work for the Richardsons. When the two families get involved in a court case about a birth mother trying to regain custody of a toddler who is being adopted, the relationships start to crumble. Suspicions, assumptions, and secrets emerge, and things in Shaker Heights get shaken up. As she did in The Things I Never Told You, Ng does an excellent job describing the lives and loves of contemporary teens as well a their family relationships and upper middle class values. As in real life, there is no tidy wrapping up by the end of the novel, and you will be left wondering how things might have turned out if, and if, and if...

— Alice


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"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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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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780735224292
ISBN-10: 0735224293
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English