Friends… go put this book on hold at your library, or if you are a buyer of books… you should seriously think about getting this one!! This will be in my top 5 for the year. I discovered Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng when it was blowing up the Instagram bookish world… at first I was not buying into the hype, but when I kept hearing the rave reviews I succumbed to the social pressure and finally picked it up.
I would place this book in the thrilling literary fiction genre. To me it felt like Beartown, by Fredrik Backman crossed with a Jodi Picoult novel. Coming in at 336 pages, it’s a fast-paced read, but not in the usual sense. I found myself taking in each word, and there were many quotes that resonated so deeply to me. The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking… this would be the perfect book club pick!!!
Parents, she thought, learned to survive touching their children less and less.
Little Fires Everywhere is based in a suburb of Cleveland called Shaker Heights where everything is planned. From the layout of the town, the colours of homes… even down to people and where they live. The town motto is Most communities just happen; the best are planned . Elena Richardson and her family live by these rules, and thrive from them. When mysterious Mia and her daughter, Pearl, enter the planned structure of Shaker Heights, their eclectic lifestyle threatens the people of Shaker. As these two families lives intertwine, and become more complex, their friendships become uprooted when family friends of the Richardson are in the midst of adopting a Chinese American baby whom was abandoned. From here assumptions are made, people are betrayed, and lives are changed!
At that moment Moody had a sudden clear understanding of what had already happened that morning; his life had been divided into a before and after, and he would always be comparing the two.
This book is about so much more than this story. What I love about it is that this is Celeste Ng’s second novel. She actually grew up in Shaker Heights, and was inspired to write this story based on her experience living there, and a traumatic event that happened in that town. To gain a little more insight, you can check out her being interviewed on Between the Covers Podcast .
This book to me was about motherhood, the power of secrets, and the harsh reality of a seemingly perfect person/place. I thought this book was brilliant. The writing was incredible, and the characters felt so real. As deep as this novel felt at times, there were some fun little pop culture references that would pull you back out of heavy thoughts.
…dancing in the gym to the Fugees until they were both beaded with sweat, then pressed in his arms during “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” so close that their sweat mingled.
Anywho, that’s all on this book. If you have read it, leave me a comment! If you haven’t read it, please do it for me!!!