Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn’t, you might burn the world to the ground.” -LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
First and foremost, I must thank the publisher for this free autographed ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) which I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway! Celeste Ng’s LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE tells the story of the Richardsons, a well-to-do family living in the Shaker Heights suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Mia Warren, an artist, and her daughter, Pearl, move into town and rent from the Richardsons, and soon the four teenage Richardsons befriend the pair. Conflict arises when the Richardsons’ friends end up in a custody battle over a Chinese-American baby. Mrs. Richardson supports her affluent friends, but Mia supports the single, poor birth mother. Mrs. Richardson is determined to find out why Mia takes the birth mother’s side, and she learns Mia Warren’s past contains well-kept secrets.
I started this book after a quick thriller read and one of the best histfics I’ve ever read, so when LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE started slowly for me, and I was worried I was in a reading slump. The first hundred or so pages explore characters and plots, so while important, I felt it dragged a bit. However, once I got to the adoption case and started delving into Mia’s past, I was hooked. I didn’t expect the mysterious aspects of this book, but my favorite parts involved putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The story ended on a slight cliffhanger which added to the mystery and left me wanting more. Each character in LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is complex, flawed, and real. The story challenges the reader to consider family dynamics, the cost of secrets, and the meaning of love.
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is one of the most anticipated fall 2017 reads, and bookstagram has been raving about it. Now that I’ve read it, I can see why. Celeste Ng’s storytelling paints a picture as detailed and beautiful as one of Mia’s art pieces.
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.” -LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE