Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

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Large Print - 2017
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When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525498773
052549877X
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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writermala
Oct 07, 2017

I did not think that Celeste Ng could write as well as she had written in her debut novel. I'm glad I decided to read "Little Fires Everywhere," her second novel. I could not decide whether to skim through the book as fast as I could or savor every paragraph. The book starts with a fire in the home of the Richardson's who typify the elite suburban life in Shaker Heights. It then goes back and retells what, or should I say who, lit Little Fires Everywhere. The characters of Mr. and Mrs. Richardson and their four children are very well sketched as also their tenants Mia and Pearl. I was in stitches when I read about a prank that the kids played in school and then I was nearly in tears when I read about teenage pregnancy and other issues like surrogate pregnancy, adoption,and subtle racism. This book has it all and is a must read not just for mothers and daughters everywhere but also for any book lover.

debwalker Sep 12, 2017

Life implodes in a perfect late 90s progressive suburb. Getting big buzz.

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darladoodles
Sep 07, 2017

This book is a thoughtful study of the advantages we are born with, the choices we make and the consequences. The Richardson family lives a very comfortable suburban life in Shaker Heights. Mrs. Richardson has a small rental property that she rents to those she deems worthy of her charity. Her fortunate recipients are Mia and Pearl Warren an artist and her teenage daughter. The novel begins with a shocking event and then proceeds to explain the back story and all becomes clear like a negative developing in a darkroom.

While reading this book I found myself examining my own attitudes toward those who have lived different lives and/or made other choices than I have. Mrs. Richardson seems to have it all together, but we see her philanthropy deteriorate into a balance sheet of what others owe her for all her "help." This book hits all the buttons: parenting, sibling relationships, suburban attitudes, racism, sexism, teenage pregnancy, and more.

I recommend this book to mothers and daughters everywhere.

JanieHH Aug 02, 2017

I did not imagine that Celeste Ng could outdo "Everything I Never Told You" ... and I am glad that I was wrong. "Little Fires Everywhere" is everything I want in a novel and then some. I was lucky enough to get an advanced edition to read at a conference and reading this novel was the highlight of my summer reading.

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lostintheshelves
Oct 20, 2017

"Mom," Pearl said again. "Moody and I are just friends."
"But maybe someday you'll want to be more. I know how it goes—" Mia stopped. She didn't, she realized suddenly; she didn't know how it went, not at all. As a teenager she'd had plenty of friends, some of them boys—but none as close as the friendship between her daughter and Moody seemed to be....But she herself had never felt that way about anyone, not as a teenager, not in art school, not since. It occurred to her that except for her brother, when they were children, she'd never seen a man naked. More than that: she'd never touched anyone and felt that warmth, that electric tension at the nearness of someone else. The only thing that had given her that feeling had been art—and then, of course, Pearl. She had nothing useful to say about this, she thought, and then the silence billowed out between them.

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