Little Fires Everywhere

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THE NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER

‘I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I’ve read this year’ John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tearsReese Witherspoon

The brilliant new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You.

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.

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 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 old family friends 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 an unexpected and devastating cost…

Critics Review

  • Little Fires Everywhere is a straight-up thriller…From the beginning, Ng’s confident use of the omniscient voice signals that this is a writer in total control…While the plot whisks you breathlessly along, it lays out the bones of a debate about race and parenthood

    Sunday Times, Pick of the Paperbacks
  • Just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and now I feel bereft

    Nigella Lawson
  • Just read it. It’s a masterclass in characterisation. Outstanding

    Matt Haig
  • To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears

    Reese Witherspoon
  • The book of the moment

    India Knight, Sunday Times
  • I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I’ve read this year

    John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

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