Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control.

Little Fires EverywhereCeleste Ng

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Little Fires Everywhere is about the life of a neighborhood in Cleveland called Shaker Heights. Everything was built to the smallest detail and all the rules are followed, but one day Mia and her daughter, Pearl, arrive and everything changes, both in their lives and in the life of the Richardson family- a family that has always seemed to have a perfect life. The start of all this was due to the presence of the said mother and daughter- who have a completely different lifestyle- as a tenant at Richardson’s second home.

It’s the kind of book that lets the reader think for a long time after reading. The story does not seem to want to leave us. I think this happens because it touches the wound, hits the target, and introduces us to a character who has lost his fire, not because he is a bad person, but because of the circumstances that happened. We want to dislike her, but the sublime form as Celeste Ng portrays this character does not let that happen. It was one of the things I most appreciated in this book, as none of the characters is portrayed in a one-dimensional form.

The book is good and easy to read. The story and the issue that it deals with is an important issue in today’s world. Characteristics are precise and deep, and in fact the author does not leave anything untold. The narrator is the whole book. Very realistic.

Rating:

5/5 stars

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