Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

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...

Details Little Fires Everywhere

TitleLittle Fires Everywhere
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Press
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews Little Fires Everywhere

  • Emily May
    All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. 4 1/2 stars. You should go into this book expecting what it is: a slow-moving character portrait filled with complex family dynamics and small-town politics. If you know what this is, like with Ng's Everything I Never Told You, and don't go into it expecting fast-pacing and high-octane drama, you will probably find this quiet read to be...
  • Melissa
    *4.25 stars*Little Fires Everywhere is such an apt title for a novel that delves into the intricacies and angst that undoubtedly burns through some relationships—none more so than mother and daughter. At its core, this story explores the notion that being a mother doesn’t mean being perfect; it comes down to love, sacrifice and sheer will. Through her cast of captivating characters, Celeste Ng confronts the reality that haunts us all—each a...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at:“Little Fires Everywhere” is my first read by Celeste Ng, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last. I could easily have read this book in just one or two sittings but life got in the way (in this case life being a glass of 7up, a knee jerk and “Oh Nooo! Save the books!”). But once I dried the book (and my tears), I picked it up again and didn’t stop unt...
  • Elyse
    I pre-ordered this book months ago. It arrived at 12:01am today. I've been reading non - stop.... a one- sitting read with a few necessity breaks. Here's is my problem.... I feel as if I've read this story before. I was only mildly interested in many scenes. There were parts I found trite and parts I found semi boring. Personally - I found the characters to be very one dimensional. Here's another problem I have:Yesterday I finished reading "In Th...
  • Maxwell
    When I read Celeste Ng's debut novel Everything I Never Told You in late 2014, I was smitten. Ng's writing was so beautiful, her characters so real, and the story so compelling. I instantly knew I would be reading whatever she put out next.Three years later and I'm happy to say that Ng has returned with just as stunning of a novel as her debut. Little Fires Everywhere is hands down one of the best books I've read this year; and just like its pr...
  • Angela M
    The Richardson family lives a perfect life, planned to a T and that's what Elena Richardson, her husband and four children seem to have, at least to fifteen year old Pearl Warren. Pearl moves with her itinerant artist mother, Mia, into a rental house owned by the Richardsons in Shaker Heights and becomes infatuated with this family, their house, their life style so different from her own and is mostly infatuated with three of the teenage siblings...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 Amazing Bright Shiny Stars! I would give it 100 if Goodreads would let me. Little Fires Everywhere is a novel that far surpasses any other that I have ever read. I don't know how Celeste Ng did it. It is a brilliantly written novel with intricate, rich and wholly vivid characters whose lives are so fully intertwined you can't help but read on in bewildered awe of how Celeste Ng created these characters. My nerve endings were fully engaged on h...
  • Larry H
    I'd rate this 3.5 stars. (I know, it's killing me, too.)Sometimes one of my greatest frustrations with books I read is that it is difficult for me to believe that a character would do something egregious as a knee-jerk reaction to something they don't agree with. I know, I'm reading fiction, which isn't always directly based on real life, but sometimes a character's actions are so ridiculous and ring so false that they really change my feelings a...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    4.5 It's my first novel by Celeste Ng and even though Literary Fiction/Contemporary isn't my genre, I really enjoyed this one. I now have to pick up "Everything I Never Told You" which has been on my shelves for way too long!Would recommend if you're looking for a slow character driven book full of emotions!
  • Diane S ☔
    An author that has the uncanny ability and insight to look deep inside the workings of the often complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. Mrs. Richardson prides herself on always following the rules, believing if this is done success in life and family will follow. She has four children , but as we know saying it doesn't make it so. Mia, a single mother, has a secret, a secret that will be used to her detriment. She was my favorit...
  • Jen
    This is one of those reads that starts off as a small flame. Then just as the smoke becomes a raging inferno, the story has gotten under your skin and you've inhaled more than you thought and instead of it going to your lungs, it aims straight for the heart.It's a story of relationships - Mother daughter ones. It starts off with Mia and daughter, Pearl, who move to shaker heights which is an upscale suburban neighbourhood where life is both homog...
  • Berit☀️✨
    5 complicated stars!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I have read SO many wonderful books lately, I keep thinking I can’t rate all these books 5 stars... but then I think how can I not? They all definitely deserve it! SO here I go again with another gushing review!(Currently I’m reading a book I’m not all that crazy about, so I promise a slightly negative review to come😉)What makes you a mother biology or love?This book was about the bonds between mot...
  • Julie
    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a 2017 Penguin Press publication. A smart, but often scathing look at entitlement coupled with the endless dynamic layers between mother and child. The Clinton era gets a sharp examination as we drop in on Shaker Heights, an ideal suburban community with plenty of unspoken rules for its financially comfortable residents. The Richardson family is the prototype of the community, with Elena Richardson embraci...
  • Lola Reviewer
    I felt so invested in the characters.Not at first. That’s what’s interesting. In the beginning, everyone looked the same to me. Everyone *felt* the same. I had trouble distinguishing characters from one another.But then I started learning about their pasts and began to see people in a different light. Mia Warren, for instance, is extremely secretive. She isolates herself on purpose and moves from place to place on a regular basis. She doesn...
  • Norma
    This book was one of the most powerful, intense and beautifully written novels that I have ever read - with the absolute best character development!This was a Traveling Sisters group read that we all absolutely gushed over and didn't want it to end! Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Celeste Ng, and Penguin Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.The full Traveling Sisters Review can be found on our b...
  • Nat
    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.WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS BOOK???Fun story: I finally caved into the hype for Little Fires Everywhere when my fries nearly burned down the oven this past Tuesday. I was, needless to say, scared shitless when I saw smoke covering the kitchen...“Most of the smoke had ...
  • Cheri
    4.5 StarsShaker Heights, is a town – or rather, a community where everything was planned. The city motto: ”Most communities just happen; the best are planned.” Like most planned communities, there are rules and regulations. Homes and lawns must be maintained to the standards set, garbage is collected from behind the homes, so not as to spoil the illusion of the perfect life. Paint colour on houses must be approved, and within the parameter...
  • Kendall
    Celeste Ng delivers a beautifully and insightful story about two families that seem like they come from worlds apart but are hauntingly connected in ways that they can never have imagined."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."Shaker Heights is a town that is "safe" and plays by the rules. Fr...
  • Maureen
    Metaphorically speaking, everyone has 'little fires' in their lives - events that begin as a small spark, and have the ability to transform into a raging inferno, changing lives for ever.Shaker Heights, Cleveland is an idyllic place to live, everything has been planned to create the perfect community, but it's residents are expected to live by its many rules and regulations.The Richardson's are quintessentially the kind of family who the communit...
  • Holly B
    A character driven family drama that is set in Shaker Heights, Cleveland. Shaker Heights is a planned community and to all appearances the Richardson family has the perfect life! This quiet suburb is about to unravel and the hidden motivations, lies, and secrets will be both shocking and revealing! I enjoyed the story and there were a few jaw-dropping moments! Mrs. Richardson takes in a tenant (Mia) with a teenage daughter (Pearl) who are from a ...
  • Brenda
    Traveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Susanne, Jennifer, Kendall, Melissa and HollyLittle Fires Everywhere is a remarkable, sensitive, insightful and beautifully told story that shines a light on parenthood, class, race and familial relationships. This story follows two very different women and their families over the course of a year. Mia and her daughter Pearl rent an apartment from Mrs. Richardson who lives in the affluent and ...
  • Taryn
    3.5 Stars. Celeste Ng certainly knows how to start a story! "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." The town was already on edge because of a controversial adoption case, but now the Richardsons' family drama has given them something new to talk about. What's going on behind closed doors in this perfect suburban co...
  • Liz
    At first glance, this book seems to be mostly about teenagers, but then it struck me that it’s really about parenting. Each parent thinks they’re doing the right things in the way they raise their children. But who truly is? Ng does a good job of bringing each character to life. Izzy is the most unique of the characters. And the relationship between Izzy and Mrs. Richardson is spot on perfect. “When it came to Izzy, Mrs. Richardson was sel...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    The whole time I was listening to this book, I couldn't shake the feeling of deja vu. It finally dawned on me that Little Fires Everywhere inexplicably reminded me of a childhood favorite book called The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Both books feature families of four rambunctious kids and Celeste Ng writes in a confident, animated manner that is reminiscent of Elizabeth Enright's style. The books each have more of an infectious, rather than a...
  • Margitte
    I don't want to say too much about this book.1) It is one of the best books by far this year. In fact, EVER!2) It was mind-blowing3) It was unforgettable4) The ending blew me away. I really sat back, gobsmacked!While still reeling, I had to go make some coffee, sit outside and try to find my emotional footing again. I'm still trying. Still speechless. The ending really made this book worth the time. If you haven't read it yet, you will miss out o...
  • Julie Ehlers
    The order of the small town on the riverbankForever at war with the order of the dark and starlit soul—Adrienne Rich, “8/1/68”The nonconformist has always been at war with the suburbs—Adrienne Rich was writing about it 50 years ago, and she surely was not the first. I can understand this dichotomy; I myself have certainly experienced suburbs where a high level of conformity seemed to be expected, resulting in a weird high-school atmospher...
  • Dorie
    Wow can this author write a great story! I’m one of the few who haven’t yet read her first book although it’s on my TBR list but I had heard such wonderful things about this author and the premise of the book sounded interesting.The idea of an affluent suburb with picture perfect families hiding dysfunctional characters is not a new idea, (in fact I live in one, however much smaller than Shaker Heights) Ms. Ng imagines such an incredible st...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Traveling Sister Read with Norma, Brenda, Susanne, Melissa, Holly, PorshaJo, Deanna, JanB, and Kendall! First of all, I have to say- reading this with friends made the experience over-the-top incredible. There were so many topics to think about, and we had a wonderful discussion. I haven't read Ng's first book yet, but I will be. Stat. Because this is exactly the kind of writing that makes me swoon. It made me feel, deeply. It made me think, outs...
  • Karen❄️
    3.5 but will up it to a 4 rating for the writing.I really loved this author’s first book, and was really looking forward to loving this book too. Just didn’t happen for me.I really loved Mia, the bohemian type photographer and her daughter who moved to this community of Shaker Heights. Mia brought the most feelings out of me then any of the characters. This book is quite the story of mother/child relationships, it just didn’t touch me like ...
  • Linda
    "Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences." (Norman Cousins)And there will be consequential fires. Some in which we, ourselves, lean into the flaming circumstances with taunt fingers striking the match. Sometimes, that causal match is lit impulsively or purposefully by others. But, needless to say, the very flicker of that flame still demands pain in its aftermath.Celeste Ng introduces us to the Richardson family residing in the 1990's...