Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Book - 2017
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"Traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735224292
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fires everywhere

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Mary Kay's Pick: A suburban community in Ohio is the setting for this story about an upper-middle-class family that gets entangled with their tenants—a struggling Chinese- American photographer Mia and her daughter Pearl. Mrs. Hendrickson is sure that she is being generous when she hires Mia to ... Read More »

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mko123 May 08, 2018

A picture perfect family gets entangled with a struggling artist and her daughter. The upper middle class mrs.richardson tells herself she doing an unselfish thing when she hires artist Mia to clean her house. But oh what tangled webs we weave when ourselves we do deceive. Great page turner.


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Kdozer
Jun 24, 2018

It starts slow, picking up the pace until it becomes a unstoppable page turner. I loved it and found the characters and story complex and believable. Ng is compassionate and insightful about the complexities of humans.

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slgriffith
Jun 20, 2018

Stunning. WELL worth the 6-month wait on the holds list. The kind of book you sink into and don't want to surface from. A treasure of a novel.

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dirtbag
Jun 19, 2018

Found this a bit preachy in a way that seems inappropriate in an author who is so young.

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southendsnob
Jun 16, 2018

Very well written book, deep character development. Very good book.

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purplehaze77
Jun 13, 2018

I enjoyed this book. It was definately a page turner for me, however I have to say I was a little disappointed with the ending. Perhaps the writer is leaving it that way to be able to write a sequel...not sure, but it is definately a good summer read.

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amistein
Jun 12, 2018

Ami-summer/read by end of 2018

JenniferG_OshLib Jun 11, 2018

"Little Fires Everywhere" is a thoroughly enjoyable read about love, family, and the many relationships we have with one another. What really resonated with me was that no matter how hard you try to make something seem perfect, there is more perfection in imperfection. While I didn't agree with the decisions each character made in the book, at the same time, I found myself understanding why they made the choices they did. I don't plan on giving anything away about the story as that would do the book a disservice, I will say that Ng has written a highly nuanced book that will make you constantly question each character and yourself as you try to understand them.

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Quietday
Jun 10, 2018

Ng does a great job of character portraiture here; the little things that leave you knowing the people in the story very well. Its rare to feel that way about several characters in a story as you watch the dynamics play out. It was a long slow burn with enough pull you keep you reading without it feeling slow.

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abcDena
May 27, 2018

This is more of a rant than a review.

I really loved Celeste Ng's first novel, Everything I Never Told You. That was a solid 5-star read. I couldn't put it down or stop talking about it. This one? I guess it could've been good, but I was mostly bored stiff by the characters, who ran together because they were so poorly defined, and the plot that went NOWHERE. I don't need action, car chases and shooting scenes, but something. Something that makes you want to keep reading to find out who-what-why-where...none of that. Another thing: stop masking teen novels as "Adult Fiction" and duping unsuspecting ADULT READERS. It's annoying picking up a book that is labeled adult fiction, only to be told one long, endless story about a bunch of teenagers.

I. Don't. Care.

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m0mmyl00
May 23, 2018

Two life philosophies collide sometimes, coexist sometimes in the families of the upscale, established Richardsons and the avant gard artistic Warrens. The Richardsons are privileged residents of Shaker Heights, where there is a rule for everything — written or understood — and every rule is followed. The Warrens are an art-photographer mother and her daughter, who never live in one place more than 6 months and never follow anyone else’s rules. Maybe there’s a little of the other side in some of the children; they find some their sense of belongness and justice in the others’ ways. They are tested when one of the Richardson’s friends adopts an Asian baby, a baby whose bereft mother Mia Warren knows. Justice, love, family — all such concrete concepts — become not so easy to define when viewed from the other’s side.

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TheBookWitch Apr 14, 2018

"To a parent, your child wasn't just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she'd been and the child she'd become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again." p. 122

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“…his life had been divided into a before and an after, and he would always be comparing the two.” - p. 21

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generation to the next, like an Olympic torch. Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame; a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze. Carefully controlled. Domesticated. Happy in captivity. The key, she thought, was to avoid conflagration.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn't, you might burn the world to the ground.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“One had followed the rules, and one had not. But the problem with rules... was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time they were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure what side of the line you stood on.” - p. 269

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Sometimes, just when you think everything’s gone, you find a way… Like after a prairie fire… It seems like the end of the world. The earth is all scorched and black and everything green is gone. But after the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow… People are like that, too, you know. They start over. They find a way.” - p. 295

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Mya614
Mar 04, 2018

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