Little Fires Everywhere (Hardcover)

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Wow!  This is quite a story!  Set in Shaker Heights, OH, one seemingly perfect family, The Richardson children connect with a single mother and her daughter, who move into the neighborhood as tenants of a rental property owned by their mother Elena Richardson.  The Richardson's live in the perfect house, are the 90th percentile and fit in easily in their world.  On the other hand, Mia, a talented artist, has moved frequently with her extremely bright daughter Pearl.  The families' lives intertwine during a huge controversy in the town - an abandoned Asian baby is taken in by the McCollough Family who have tried to have their own.  Once Bebe discovers her lost baby's whereabouts, she wants the baby back.  The story is a page turner as Mia's past is revealed, relationships between the children and Mia and Pearl unfold.  Little Fire Everywhere will be "the book"  that everyone wants to read.  

— Margot Farris


"Witty, wise and tender. It's a marvel." - Paula Hawkins, New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

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

"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope..." -Jodi Picoult, New York Times-bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time

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.

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