Little Fires Everywhere

The runaway New York Times bestseller!

eBook includes special materials for book clubs: a Q&A with Celeste Ng and John Green, a letter from Celeste Ng, and book club discussion questions. 

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 (2,130)


Mmm3 star

I’m not quite sure why everyone is in love with this book; it didn’t grab me. I just don’t get the hype. 35


Just ok2 star

This book was rated so highly I was excited to read it. I really struggled to get through this book. It was so slow! There seemed to be a lot of back story and I kept thinking when are we going to get to the good part? 25

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Great5 star

I read this one on a road trip. Traveling, while diving into this story was perfection. 55


Terrible1 star

This book is awful. I am not sure why it has any good reviews. I had to force myself through the book and for a very anti-climatic ending. Don’t waste your time! 15


Little Fires Everywhere5 star

An excellent read. Totally involved with each and every character and their stories. 55

Lucky Law

Little Fires Everywhere5 star

A great read. I enjoyed this book from the first to the last page. I look forward to reading more of the author’s writings. Thank you for a great page turner. 55


Fantastic.5 star

Fantastic squared. 55


Little fires everywhere2 star

Eh, like an after school special, but somewhat overwritten 25

C m p

Great read5 star

Captivating - couldn’t put it down - each character is deeper than they realize growing throughout the book ! 55


Great book5 star

Insightful and spellbinding. Really enjoyed it and will seek out Ms. Ng's other books!!😀😀 55

Jay Emmy

Mediocre2 star

Not bad, but definitely wouldn't highly recommend 25


Ini meg b4 star

IoIyit 45


Excellent read and great character development!4 star

Just a rare good read! The characters were so well thought out and their psychological motives explained and implied that I found myself actually caring for them. This just doesn’t happen much these days as the old pros turn to pumping out their predictable banal pros. So move over Patterson, Gresham and Brown. There’s a real author in town and it’s a whole new show. Thank you. 45


Amazing book!5 star

This was truly one of the best and well written books I have ever read and I have read hundreds of books! It was almost impossible to put down! I will now read everything this author writes! 55


Pretty good4 star

I loved C. Ng’s last book so when this one came out, I trusted her enough to not even read the description. Like the last book, some loose ends were never tied and that kills me!! Lol. Other than that, bravo! Intriguing til the last page. 45

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Little Fires Everywhere5 star

I have a difficult time finding books I like. The story is either missing something or falls apart. This book was perfect. Thank you! 55


Amazing. Period.5 star

So well written. 55


Disappointing2 star

The character development was decent, a quick read, but I never felt engaged. Dull. 25


Great Book4 star

Just finished this book- great read! The last half went so fast. The characters are well developed and the way their lives intertwine is beautifully written. Highly recommend! 45


Wow5 star

I will read every book that this author writes. Page turner. Loved the characters, loved the writing, loved the content. Amazing! 55

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