Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere Review

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 alluring 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 the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Title:Little Fires Everywhere
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. 4 1/2 stars. You should go into this book expecting what it is: a slow-moving character...

  • Melissa

    *4.25 stars*Little Fires Everywhere is such an apt title for a novel that delves into the intricacies and angst that undoubtedly burns through some relationships—maybe none more so than mother and d...

  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/“Little Fires Everywhere” is my first read by Celeste Ng, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last. I could eas...

  • Julie Ehlers

    The order of the small town on the riverbankForever at war with the order of the dark and starlit soul—Adrienne Rich, “8/1/68”The nonconformist has always been at war with the suburbs—Adrienne...

  • Elyse Walters

    I pre-ordered this book months ago. It arrived at 12:01am today. I've been reading non - stop.... a one- sitting read with a few necessity breaks. Here's is my problem.... I feel as if I've read this ...

  • Matthew

    Dang!If this book does not get your brain churning, well, then you did read the same book I just did!This book is filled with so many scenarios with so many questions and no perfect answers. Every sit...

  • Larry H

    I'd rate this 3.5 stars. (I know, it's killing me, too.)Sometimes one of my greatest frustrations with books I read is that it is difficult for me to believe that a character would do something egregi...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    “Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.” Never in my life have I read any book, any narrative, ...

  • Maxwell

    When I read Celeste Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You in late 2014, I was smitten. Ng's writing was so beautiful, her characters so real, and the story so compelling. I instantly knew I w...

  • Lori

    So, self-identification determines if a book is YA? Based on more than 60% of the content, this is young adult material. It’s good; parts are excellent, others not so much. I liked Mia’s backstory...