Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

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"Traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735224292
0735224293
9780735224308
9780525522560
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fires everywhere

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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the top ten books of 2017.

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

Ng’s latest starts off with, well, little fires everywhere in the Richardsons' house, which is burning to the ground in Shaker Heights, Ohio. It appears to be an act of arson. So who started the fires? About a year earlier, artist Mia Warren and her teenage daughter Pearl arrived in Shaker Height... Read More »


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vmeehan
Apr 20, 2018

Didn’t have any expectations before reading this one. Found it a good read and definite page turner. I wasn’t sure at first as the Richardson family seemed very stereotyped and unimaginative characters but as I read on I found I could relate to the teenage Richardson children as it was set in the late nineties when I too was 17/18 years old - references to Ricky Lake, Jerry Springer and songs of the late nineties. Now being a mother I also related to the mother characters as it explored what lengths mothers would go to keep their children.

GSPLjodie Apr 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this book and the author's writing style. Gives a perspective on the lives of many characters and how they learn to cope (or not cope) with each other. Will appeal to those who like an open-ended book.

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singasong70
Apr 17, 2018

Choose your adviser, choose your advice.
Mia comforting Lexie..." it'll be okay,"( when "it's" never "ok" really), gets you thro for now.
Underlying philosophy seems to be: no one's "mature" in all this, men more or less absent in the story, minor characters if you ask me.

ehbooklover Apr 14, 2018

This book was fantastic! I loved all of the well fleshed-out characters, the page-turner of a plot that kept me hooked throughout, and Ng's writing style. In short: I enjoyed reading this so much that I hated getting to the end.

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 07, 2018

The family dynamics of a seemingly comfortable suburban '80's family are shaken in this exploration of income disparity, race, adoption, motherhood and entitlement. The author is a keen observer and an insightful character portrayer. I plan to read more from her.

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peacebenow
Apr 06, 2018

Celeste Ng is a fantastic story teller. So much depth and intrigue I could not put this book down. Follow along on the journey of the Richardson, McCoullogh and Warren families in the most perfect town in Ohio. I'm sorry the book has come to an end as so enjoyed the lives of Mia, Pearl, Lexie, Trip, Moody and Izzy.

kkoenigc Apr 04, 2018

A good read. I found it interesting getting to know each character and what makes them tick.

AL_ANNAL Mar 29, 2018

This is a compelling novel that will keep you turning the pages. Similar to Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" the entitled, somewhat smug characters live in an upper middle class American town around the turn of the 21st century. A less well off, single mother and child move into the community. Also like "Big Little Lies" the plot involves contemporary issues, in this case, inter-ethnic adoption, the rights of birth vs. adoptive parents, abortion, race, the choice of a conventional, safe life vs. that of an artist. Characters' juicy secrets add to the pleasure of both books.

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wyenotgo
Mar 14, 2018

After the first 90 pages, I must admit that I began skimming, just picking up the threads of the story, hoping it would develop into something meaningful. I couldn't find it. For me, this was just a piece of YA entertainment. It escapes being formulaic by throwing in a mystery of sorts. Big disappointment.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 01, 2018

A moving and compelling domestic drama that is as tense as a good thriller. Set in the bland, affluent town of Shaker Heights, the novel brings together several families and scrutinizes their flaws and conflicts. While I agree with one commentator that the book doesn't really tie things up neatly, I don't think that's a problem as, frequently, life does not wrap up neatly. The book explores familiar territory (ennui and unhappiness in the suburbs, a la Updike and Cheever), but finds a fresh perspective and gets away from the white maleness that usually dominates in these narratives. A very strong second book from Celeste Ng.

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TheBookWitch Apr 14, 2018

"To a parent, your child wasn't just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she'd been and the child she'd become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again." p. 122

AL_MARYA Mar 15, 2018

Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“…his life had been divided into a before and an after, and he would always be comparing the two.” - p. 21

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generation to the next, like an Olympic torch. Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame; a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze. Carefully controlled. Domesticated. Happy in captivity. The key, she thought, was to avoid conflagration.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn't, you might burn the world to the ground.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“One had followed the rules, and one had not. But the problem with rules... was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time they were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure what side of the line you stood on.” - p. 269

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Sometimes, just when you think everything’s gone, you find a way… Like after a prairie fire… It seems like the end of the world. The earth is all scorched and black and everything green is gone. But after the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow… People are like that, too, you know. They start over. They find a way.” - p. 295

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Mya614
Mar 04, 2018

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