Little Fires Everywhere (Hardcover)
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
Celeste Ng's new book "Little Fires Everywhere" sheds light on a "perfect" family in a perfect neighborhood who fall under the spell of an enigmatic mother and her daughter who drift into their lives and change everything. At its core, it is the story of two very different mothers and the choices they each make to bring some kind of peace to their lives. What that looks like and how they compare one another, sets them on a collision course that neither would have imagined.
It's such solid storytelling.
September 2017 Indie Next List
“Little Fires Everywhere is a breathtaking novel about art, motherhood, and truth. Mia and her daughter, Pearl, move to the perfectly planned community of Shaker Heights as the last stop on their nomadic adventure, bringing some much-needed permanence to teenager Pearl's life. They both find friendship, but the connections they create with their landlord's family will soon change all of their lives. Impossible to put down or stop thinking about. A great read.”
— Stef Schmidt (M), Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
The instant New York Times bestseller Entertainment Weekly's #1 Must-Read Book for Fall * Reese Witherspoon's Book Club Selection * #1 Library Reads Pick * September IndieNext Pick "I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year."--John Green
"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." -Jodi Picoult "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.
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.