Author: Celeste Ng
Original title: Little Fires Everywhere
Edition Language: English
Format: Audio book
Read by: Jennifer Lim
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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 teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
I found my new favorite author.The writing is just so great. It was a very emotional read and I can not say much about the plot as it is simple. The little snippets of life of two different types of families: well set and packaged Richardsons and single mother with a teenager girl. The story is actually provoking to think about the meaning of life, our place and our relationships with the world. It touches some hot social issues, but in a way that we are still left to decide ourselves what is right and what is wrong or maybe it is still a grey area in spite of all debates and researches.
What especially got my heart in the book is the description of motherhood. It was so touching and true and sad, that I could not help but hold my breath.