Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires EverywhereTitle: Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

The Blurb

The brilliant new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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 teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just 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 rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends 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 an unexpected and devastating cost…

The Review

I had heard only good things about Little Fires Everywhere and so I was very excited to read this story that people were raving about. It is the story of the intricacies of small town America; a place where white picket fences and freshly mown lawns are the norm. It is also about the differences in the social hierarchy and how having money doesn’t automatically make you a good person.

Celeste Ng has pipped two very strong matriarchs against each other: Mia and Elena. It is there opposing lives that is the most interesting conflict in Little Fires Everywhere. That and how far each will go to do what they think is right. Celeste Ng presents her characters as people who sometimes seem pious but there good intentions are often self-serving.

I thoroughly enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere. It was not the kind of novel I would normally pick up but it shows the power of reviews that I was compelled to pick it up. I am awfully glad I did.

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4 Stars

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