“After you’ve raced to the end of the book, you’ll want to read it again, to take the ideas and hold them up to the harsh light of 2017.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“An interracial adoption incites tensions in a perfectly designed Ohio town.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
The bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng brings readers a delight to the senses with her new novel, Little Fires Everywhere.
In the progressive and calm suburban town in Cleveland called Shaker Heights, nothing is left to chance. Everything is planned out including the layout of the winding roads and the colors of the houses. Even the successful lives of its residents are laid out in advance.
No one embodies this spirit of this area more than Elena Richardson who loves nothing more than playing by the rules. This town is her oasis and she loves it just as it is, knowing what today, tomorrow and the next day will bring.
Then her illusions are trampled when Mia Warren, a mysterious artist and single mother, comes into town.
Mia arrives with her teenaged daughter, Pearl, and the two rent a house from the Richardsons.
All four members of Elena’s family are drawn to the mother and her lovely daughter but the problems arises when Mia carries with her a mysterious past and disregards the status quo of this very ordered community.
This tension skyrockets when old family friends of the Richardsons share their intentions of adopting a Chinese-American baby. A custody battle erupts and dramatically divides this once quite town.
Mia and Elena end up on opposing sides and Elena tries to uncover the secrets of Mia’s past, suspicious of the other woman’s motives.
Her quest leads to unexpected and devastating consequences for all involved.
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water calls this book, “Witty, wise, and tender. It’s a marvel” while John Green says, “I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I’ve read this year.”