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Little Fires Everywhere 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 downIn 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 spiritthan 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 becomethan 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 sLittle 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. So, self identification determines if a book is YA Based on than 60% of the content, this is young adult material It s good parts are excellent, others not so much I liked Mia s backstory as she became an artist using experimental photography I thought that the custody dispute concerning Oriental Barbie was worth at least a star or two.A lot of the characters are clich d The at home Mr Richardson could be a cardboard cutout with excellent earning skills He fairs a lot better before the judge The Richardson children fit into The Breakfast Club well A jock, a popular girl, a smart kid and Izzy who may well be a transgendered Holden Caulfield thank you to my GR friend, Bill Kupersmith , but I liked her a lot than that wretched boy So yeah, the Richardson s have a child for each grade in high school Mrs Richardson produced four singletons in roughly as many years While in other respects, she is a perfect match for her orderly and rule bound community The rapid fire baby production seemed reckless and out of place It is the only part of her character that jibbed with aggressively investigating her tenant and employee s past Opening a can of worms and a house full of screaming babies being equally disordered and unpredictable.I don t believe that she is meant to be likable She approaches friendship with same calculation as Claire Underwood with a careful tally of every kindness But, as she is central to the book, I wish she were plausible Even if she were perfectly constructed, the story is still awfully scattered.My son heard part of the book while we were driving over the holidays When we stopped, he would say So and give a one sentence summary of the upcoming section or chapter I don t believe he has any preternatural gifts as plot savant A lot of the story is pretty predictable.I have a quibble about that car Is that the same VW rabbit Mia s brother bought when they were teenagers If so, how did she manage vehicle maintenance on minimum wage earnings supplemented by occasionally selling a piece of art Twenty to thirty years of use is aging NASA spacecraft territory, but this car starts reliably, runs well over long distances, and doesn t need any repairs It seems oddly out of place given the careful mathematics of Bebe s poverty.P.S I stand corrected my son says he is too a plot savant. The order of the small town on the riverbankForever at war with the order of the dark and starlit soul Adrienne Rich, 8 1 68 The nonconformist has always been at war with the suburbs Adrienne Rich was writing about it 50 years ago, and she surely was not the first I can understand this dichotomy I myself have certainly experienced suburbs where a high level of conformity seemed to be expected, resulting in a weird high school atmosphere among grown adults Still, you really don t have to dig very deep to realize that things aren t as black and white as they seem There are all different kinds of people living everywhere, with varying degrees of happiness and fulfillment All of which is to say, if you re going to write on this theme now, you should probably have something new to add to the conversation, or at least a unique way of expressing it Little Fires Everywhere takes place in the planned community of Shaker Heights, where an artist named Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl move into a rental home after having lived a peripatetic existence since Pearl s birth The battle lines are immediately drawn the nonconformist, creative Mia versus the staid middle aged matrons of Shaker Heights Mind you, these battle lines aren t initially drawn by the characters, but by the author, who makes it clear that Mia is the moral center of the book Characters who like Mia are the good characters characters who don t like Mia are the bad characters and characters who are suspicious of Mia at first and then come around to liking her have experienced a redemptive arc This would be less problematic if Mia hadn t view spoiler agreed to be a surrogate mother while in college, run off while still pregnant, forced her daughter to live a nomadic life in order not to blow her cover, and lied to her daughter the entire time, as well as keeping her from her grandparents and her biological father hide spoiler All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing It so easily went out of control 4 1 2 stars You should go into this book expecting what it is a slow moving character portrait filled with complex family dynamics and small town politics If you know what this is, like with Ng s Everything I Never Told You, and don t go into it expecting fast pacing and high octane drama, you will probably find this quiet read to be extremely engrossing and emotional.I have to be in the mood for this kind of read, but when I am, it packs a powerful punch These characters are so vivid, so real, so caught up in the little fires of everyday life in Shaker Heights There s several stories going on in here, but the book begins with literal fires lighting up the Richardson household and the knowledge that the youngest daughter, Izzy, the wild card, has disappeared Presumably because she is guilty of the arson.Then we move back from there We start to get a portrait of the events leading up to this dramatic fire We see the poor artist, Mia, and her daughter, Pearl, move into town and the effect they have on all members of the Richardson family Further back, we get the past stories of almost every character who comes into this book It is such a rich work in which the personal stories and experiences of secondary characters play a huge part in influencing how events unfold.And, behind it all, is a court case that will affect all the characters lives A custody battle over a Chinese baby who could be given every toy, every desire, every opportunity by her rich and white adoptive parents but is that all Is that enough when her poor birth mother is ready and willing to care for her Things become very tense The town becomes divided And I felt an emotional wreck by the end of it, too Mrs Richardson, however, could not let Izzy be, and the feeling coalesced in all of them Izzy pushing, her mother restraining, and after a time no one could remember how the dynamic had started, only that it had existed always The Richardson family, along with Mia and Pearl, Bebe, and the McCulloughs, all pulled me into their lives I despised a character at one point, only to find pity for them a couple of chapters later The relationship between Izzy and her mother was a real point of interest for me How Mrs Richardson s fears about Izzy affected her behaviour toward her, which in turn affected how Izzy behaved All leading to the ultimate question was Izzy always what Mrs Richardson feared she was Or did Mrs Richardson create what she most feared through her treatment of Izzy Little Fires Everywhere is a great example of how small character dynamics can create a powerful and fascinating story I love the empathy the author shows for all the people in this book even the manipulative, morally corrupt and undeserving No one is merely good or bad And that is what makes the book so effective Whose side am I on I ll let you know if I ever figure it out.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube 4.25 stars Little Fires Everywhere is such an apt title for a novel that delves into the intricacies and angst that undoubtedly burns through some relationships maybe none so than mother and daughter At its core, this story explores the notion that being a mother doesn t mean being perfect it comes down to love, sacrifice and sheer will Through her cast of captivating characters, Celeste Ng confronts the reality that haunts us all each and every one of us is rife with cracks and flaws, no matter how well we hide it from prying eyes That s just life.It s akin to pure magic when you pick up a book from an author you haven t read before I know, what s wrong with me How did I miss Everything I Never Told You and find yourself caught up in what can only be described as book nirvana I had heard Celeste Ng s writing style was incredible, but I took that with a grain of salt merely an attempt on my part to avoid disappointment What I didn t anticipate was this level of character development This level of intricate detail and the multifaceted beings I wanted nothing than to surround myself with.I have to admit, it was Mia that started out as my least favorite of the bunch Her artsy fartsy, gypsy ways came off as incredibly selfish A mother sacrificing any sense of stability for her daughter, in an attempt to chase her next inspiration, rubbed me the wrong way How could she not stay in one place and let her incredibly smart daughter thrive Then we meet Mrs Richardson who s been hell bent on living the life she laid out so perfectly in her mind From most angles she has it all steady career, lovely home, successful husband, wealth and four children A conundrum of sorts, she s tenacious, but still somehow oblivious Initially, I wasn t really sure what to make of her or her motives was I reading into things than I should What binds these two very different women together is their teenage children who have their own fires burning between them and a custody battle that rocks their small town The women end up on opposing sides of the equation, only working to further highlight their differences The author juxtaposes these two women in many aspects but not overtly so and by the end, I was stunned.What struck me the most about this journey was the author s ability to change my entire perspective meaning, my thoughts and feelings in the beginning of the story were vastly different by the time I turned that final page Some aspects ended on a sad note, but overall it was still a satisfying ending to what I can only describe as a fully immersive novel I had the pleasure of reading this with the Traveling Sisters group what a fun experience it turned out to be Celeste Ng gave us plenty to discuss Looking forward to the next read sisters Thank you to Penguin Press and Edelweiss for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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