Little Fires Everywhere (Paperback)Celeste Ng (author)
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Combining a deeply observant story about race, belonging, motherhood and the dangers of smug liberalism with the pace and fervour of a psychological thriller, Little Fires Everywhere is a truly remarkable novel of American suburbia’s dark undercurrents.
The brilliant new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You.
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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 principal is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.
Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just 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 rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends 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 an unexpected and devastating cost...
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 200 x 131 x 25 mm
'Little Fires Everywhere is already setting America ablaze...it held me completely, from start to finish.'- The Sunday Times
'This is a novel that convinces and compels; it's a pleasure to read' - The Guardian
'The book of the moment.' - India Knight,The Sunday Times
'One of Ng's strengths is that she makes virtue and normality as fascinating as venality and eccentricity...It is beautifully written.' - The Times
'The story is brilliantly told, Ng's bright prose glowing with warmth and wisdom as she delves into the complexities of motherhood, convention and creativity.' - The Sunday Express
'Little Fires Everywhere brims with unexpected diversions and riches...' - The Financial Times
'It's a gripping read and is sure to become a book club staple (if it's not already). It has the celebrity stamp of approval too: Reese Witherspoon is making it into a mini-series,' - The Times
'Just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and now I feel bereft.' - Nigella Lawson
'Just read it. It's a masterclass in characterisation. Outstanding.' - Matt Haig
'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 by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.' - John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
'Little Fires Everywhere is the second novel from Celeste Ng and manages to combine a thought-provoking story of race, belonging, motherhood and the cracked face of smug liberalism with the pace of a page-turner.' - Mariella Frostrup
'Beginning with a house fire set by a teenager, the flames quickly spread across Celeste Ng's suburban idyll in Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown), a sharp and nuanced tale of race and family in 1990s America.' - Paula Hawkins
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“Gripping yet beautifully wise”
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