There is A LOT going on in Little Fires Everywhere, despite that, this book reads easily and simply. This book centers around two families in Shaker Heights, OH. One is the more affluent Richardsons, who are major players in the suburban town with mother Elena, who believes that there is a right way to do everything, hers. On the other hand, there are the Warrens, a mother-daughter pair that has been wandering all over the country in pursuit of mother Mia's artist practice with daughter and girl-genius Pearl in tow. The book centers around the ebb-and-flow of their interactions in what culminates in a way that is truly unpredictable and incidental. Every piece of Little Fires Everywhere is vibrant, necessary, and truly teeming with the energy of our own real-life relationships. I highly recommend Little Fires Everywhere as a book about family, mothers and daughters, art, and the way our lives end up playing out versus how we wanted them to. Twelve Stars out of ten.
The #1 New York Times bestseller Soon to be a Hulu limited series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more... "I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." --Jodi Picoult "To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears." --Reese Witherspoon "Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don't come along often." --John GreenFrom 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. Perfect for book clubs Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.