Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You , a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives

"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." -Jodi Picoult

"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." - Paula Hawkins

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, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than 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 status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons 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 unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525498773
052549877X
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT NG C
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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debwalker Sep 12, 2017

Life implodes in a perfect late 90s progressive suburb. Getting big buzz.

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darladoodles
Sep 07, 2017

This book is a thoughtful study of the advantages we are born with, the choices we make and the consequences. The Richardson family lives a very comfortable suburban life in Shaker Heights. Mrs. Richardson has a small rental property that she rents to those she deems worthy of her charity. Her fortunate recipients are Mia and Pearl Warren an artist and her teenage daughter. The novel begins with a shocking event and then proceeds to explain the back story and all becomes clear like a negative developing in a darkroom.

While reading this book I found myself examining my own attitudes toward those who have lived different lives and/or made other choices than I have. Mrs. Richardson seems to have it all together, but we see her philanthropy deteriorate into a balance sheet of what others owe her for all her "help." This book hits all the buttons: parenting, sibling relationships, suburban attitudes, racism, sexism, teenage pregnancy, and more.

I recommend this book to mothers and daughters everywhere.

JanieHH Aug 02, 2017

I did not imagine that Celeste Ng could outdo "Everything I Never Told You" ... and I am glad that I was wrong. "Little Fires Everywhere" is everything I want in a novel and then some. I was lucky enough to get an advanced edition to read at a conference and reading this novel was the highlight of my summer reading.

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