ContemporaryLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


A book I read many moons ago, brought back to me because of the book I’m reading now, both by the hugely acclaimed @pronounced_ing. I’ll come back to the latest one shortly (joint review of Our Missing Hearts incoming) but for now, let me talk Little Fires.

If you haven’t read Little Fires Everywhere, you may well have watched the show, starring @kerrywashington. I actually watched the show first and then devoured the novel and I can’t think of any other time I’ve done this. 

There’s just something so utterly unnerving about this story set in the seemingly perfect suburb of Shaker Heights — and we all know that what seems perfect never usually is. Or doesn’t usually last…

And so arrives single mother and artist Mia Warren, who rents a house from the perfect Richardson family, with her daughter Pearl. As the two families find their lives intertwining, a court battle rumbles on in the background — one which threatens to divide Shaker Heights like never before.

There was a lot I enjoyed about this story; the vividness of the characters first and foremost — with all of their complexities — and also how each one plays their own distinct part in a hugely thought provoking portrayal of slices of American society. 

What did you think of this one? S

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