Little Fires Everywhere

The runaway New York Times bestseller!

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, PasteKirkus ReviewsSt. 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

“I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.”—John Green

"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." – Paula Hawkins

From 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.

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Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng Summary

Little Fires Everywhere is a 2017 novel by American author Celeste Ng. It is her second novel and takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio where Ng grew up. She described writing about her hometown as "a little bit like writing about a relative. You see all of the great things about them, you love them dearly, and yet you also know all of their quirks and their foibles." The novel is about two families living in 1990s Shaker Heights who are brought together through their children. ..

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Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng Book Reviews (1,590)



I became so engrossed with the characters that I didn’t want it to end. One of the best books I have ever read. 55


Not good1 star

Just finished this book and bought it due to the high praise. Don’t be fooled by positive reviews. This book is poorly written, the characters are flat, and the story itself is flimsy. Plot points change oddly with new characters coming into the story awkwardly. Don’t waste your time. 15


Overrated.3 star

This book had great potential. The characters were all given lots of depth. Unfortunately the ending was hurried and not given a lot of clarity. Some may argue that the ending is for the reader to interpret. 35


Great read4 star

Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend 45

Book club girl

Little fires everywhere5 star

Superb character development in this richly webbed story of an American family with all the scars and beauty showing all at the same time. Within the pages are several opportunities for good discussions and lessons to be learned about ourselves. I highly recommend this read. 55

tj vz

B4 star

By Her 45


Slow2 star

Very slow at first!!! Only the last third of the book was good. 25


Little Fires Everywhere5 star

What a great read! Could hardly put it down! Highly recommended! Made me really think about the facade that we put out there and the affect it has on our children. As a mother it encouraged me to appreciate the differences in my children. 55


UI’m bthas4 star

GAO n🐗🐸🦊so HBUhh 45

Beautiful me myself n I

Loved it!!5 star

I took a chance and bought this book on a whim after seeing it on a top sellers chart and I’m soooo happy I did!! I’ve stayed up waaayyyy past my bedtime reading it, because I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters, and it made me question what I would do in some of the situations that were presented in the story. As another person mentioned, I would love a sequel!! 55

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