BOOK REVIEW: Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng

Title: Little Fires Everywhere

Author/s: Celeste Ng

Publication Date: September 12th 2017

Publisher: by Penguin Press

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 352

Purchase at: Amazon


“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.

My Thoughts

Little Fires Everywhere is one of the most engrossing 2017 release that I’ve read. From the writing down to the plot, man, it was beautiful.

One of the many things that amazed me in this novel is the setting. Shaker Heights, I still can’t believe how planned everything is, imagine, included is the way to dispose or collect garbage. Even mowing a lawn!

The characters. Pearl seemed to be a young girl who’s innocent, but then like most of us teenagers, we can’t help but hangout and spend some time with people. Those who have different lifestyle than us, different mindsets. And little do we know, we’re adapting. We’re changing. Peer pressure, wanting to fit in, craving to be a part of what’s in trend.
Izzy, one who is so unique, crazy in ways others can’t explain and understand. I saw myself in her, someone who wanted to have a different life, one who feels like there’s more to her life than this. The other characters, each and everyone of them has their own deep voices. Reading the book, I realized that almost everyone was given a spotlight, a chance to be heard.

The Mother-Daughter relationship. There was a misunderstanding, a miscommunication between a mother and a daughter. Mothers, most of the time, only want what’s best for their children.

Both families in the book are different in nature, different in many ways. The Richardsons are loving an almost perfect life, while Pearl and Mia are like nomads, Mia doesn’t even have a stable or regular job. Still, one can’t deny the fact that NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT WEALTH.

“It bothers you, doesn’t it?” Mia said suddenly. “I think you can’t imagine. Why anyone would choose a different life from the one you’ve got. Why anyone might want something other than a big house with a big lawn, a fancy car, a job in an office. Why anyone would choose anything different than what you’d choose.”

Little Fires Everywhere did not just explore the weight of secrets, not just motherhood as well as art and identity. It also explored one’s rights. It delved into a child, a teenager, an adult, and a parent’s life and perspective. It tackled about making the right decisions and, choosing. Determining the fine like between right and wrong. It captured life and its complications, relationship complexities.





164692Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, will be published by Penguin Press in fall 2017









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