Little Fires Everywhere

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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 (2,727)


Horrible1 star

Such a gigantic let down... 600 pages of over descriptions and no end. 15

Jean bridge

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng3 star

Not up to her first novel, but very good, easy to read. A bit formulaic. Not enough exposure of the characters’ interiority for this reader. 35

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People need to read good books2 star

Couldn’t get through this, it became very boring. Written at a high school level. Sad that I payed for it. 25


Hey3 star

Hey i was a great time 35


Writer was unable to leave her own biases2 star

She obviously hasn’t been back to her hometown in a while, and she didn’t as much explore motherhood as she did infuse her own values in a non self-aware manner. 25

Mom trying to read

Slow and tough to get into2 star

The book took a long time to develop the story. I was at the very end and kind of became interested. 25


Littte Fires everywhere5 star

Great Book 55


Little Fires Everywhere4 star

I really enjoyed this book - not my usual read but it was thought provoking- reminding me of the times of the late 50’s and early 60’s. 45


Overrated2 star

The book started out slow and never really picked up. I felt it was too long winded and found myself scanning paragraphs. It wasn’t horrible but I probably would not recommend it. 25


Truth5 star

My favorite thing about this book is the family secrets. With today’s social Media obsessed world, everything appears perfect. Like a Disney fairytale. Not true. This story hits closer to home then any social media post I’ve ever read. Thank you! 55


Not that great2 star

The story was boring, I could skip 2-3 pages at a time and not miss a thing!!!! Much to say about nothing. Terrible ending. I really don’t understand why some think this is the best book they have ever read. They must not read that much. Don’t waste your money. 25


I couldn’t sleep5 star

I do most of my reading in the middle of the night since it normally puts me back to sleep. However, this book kept me up for three nights straight. It was so good and moved so quickly that I couldn’t stop reading. Also the fact that I’m a yinzer born and bred and that she mentioned eat n park made my heart sing. 55


Little Fires Everywhere5 star

Unstoppable! Could not put this down. An expose into the family, into the realities of we don't see them until it is sometimes too late. 55


Great Read5 star

This book sets up great anticipation. By starting with the end of the story, NG leaves you wondering how things would turn out the entire novel. I looked forward to picking up this book and reading it... now I’m sad it’s over. 55


The Art of Putting Out The Fires in Life5 star

There is so much more to this novel than just a good read debating adoption - the book is about the choices we make in life as we attempt to extinguish the many fires that arise no matter our illusions of control. We are all forced to live with the consequences of our decisions, and rarely are the options black and white. There are no uniform answers in life. The author has created complex yet familiar characters who make the reader reflect whether or not we chose our lifestyle or merely conformed to the culture we were born into This was a fabulous novel about a suburban family ignited by outliers. 55


Page Turner4 star

This was a well written, easy to read book that was hard to put down. I liked the characters...well most of'll figure out the one I didn't like when you read it! The author provided great insight into what it feels like to be a teenager. Glad we read this one for Book Club! Would absolutely recommend! 45


Loved every page!5 star

This is a must read!! Didn't want it to end! 55

Liam Butler-Lawrence

So good5 star

A beautiful, complex story. The writing is visceral. Highly recommend... 55

Flow Righter

Loved it5 star

Such a pleasure to read, I love the character development and how we get to know each character. I didn’t want it to end 55


Beautiful5 star

This book is absolutely outstanding. It is thought-provoking, creates complex and nuanced characters, and is extremely engaging. 55

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