Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Wow! I could not put this book down. In one sitting, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng pulled me into a world where the idea of a perfect family came crumbling down. This has to be one of my top reads this month!

This story is told through two completely different women. We have Elena Richardson, a successful, married reporter who has four children. The Richardson family lives in a well off neighbourhood and every little detail of Mrs. Richardson’s life is done to perfection.

Then we have Mia Warren, an ambiguous, creative single artist with her daughter Pearl. The Warren family moves into the neighbourhood and rents an apartment from the Richardson family.

Soon the lives of these two families intercept, with love, heartache, anger and regret; Ng takes you on a journey of what it means to be a mother, daughter, and even a family. While this story is so simple, is screams genuineness and parallels many realities.

I seriously regret not reading this book sooner! It is so well written and it pulled me in within the first chapter. From the writing, characters and setting, I felt like I was part of Shaker Heights where the book took place.

While the pacing felt slow at times, it allowed Ng to develop these two families and how they perfectly depict the opposite of one another, yet somehow utterly fit into each other’s lives.

I really feel like Ng’s writing can’t be described like any other author’s. It is blunt, poignant and masterfully done.

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a wonderfully addictive book. I was enthralled from start to finish. It is engaging and will leave you feeling a wide range of emotions. This is the first book that I’ve read by Celeste Ng and it won’t be the last. I highly recommend this book! You won’t regret it!

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