Little Fires Everywhere
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors 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 teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than 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 status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons 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 unexpected and devastating costs.

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  • Angela M
    Dec 31, 1969

    Angela M

    The Richardson family lives a perfect life, planned to a T and that's what Elena Richardson, her husband and four children seem to have, at least to fifteen year old Pearl Warren. Pearl moves with her itinerant artist mother, Mia, into a rental house owned by the Richardsons in Shaker ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 31, 1969

    Diane S ☔

    An author that has the uncanny ability and insight to look deep inside the workings of the often complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. Mrs. Richardson prides herself on always following the rules, believing if this is done success in life and family will follow. She ...

  • Maxwell
    Dec 31, 1969


    I NEED IT NOW. It sounds amaaaazing and I love the cover. ...

  • Thomas
    Dec 31, 1969


    4.5 starsA brilliant mixture of Jodi Picoult's best family dramas and a more introspective version of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies , Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere cements her place as one of the best novelists of this generation. The novel takes place in Shaker Heights, a q...

  • Dorie
    Dec 31, 1969


    Wow can this author write a great story! I’m one of the few who haven’t yet read her first book although it’s on my TBR list but I had heard such wonderful things about this author and the premise of the book sounded interesting.The idea of an affluent suburb with pictur...

  • Susan
    Dec 31, 1969


    I loved Celeste Ng’s, “Everything I Never Told You,” and was delighted to receive her second for review. Elena Richardson lives in the picture perfect Shaker Heights, with husband Bill and their four children; Lexie, Trip, Moody and Izzy. Mrs Richardson lives her life to...

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Dec 31, 1969

    Heather 'Bookables'

    4.5This book made me feel so many things. It made me think so many things. Celeste NG has such a way with words and storytelling and families.I don't think I loved this one as much as Everything I Never Told You but def. still amazing! ...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Dec 31, 1969

    Jessica Woodbury

    In most domestic dramas the stakes are high but intangible, what stands to be gained or lost is love or trust. But in LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE the whole story starts with a very physical act indeed: the Richardson house burning down, the fire set by the family's youngest child. How did ...

  • Book Riot Community
    Dec 31, 1969

    Book Riot Community

    Given how much I adored Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, I had concerns about Little Fires Everywhere. Could Ng really manage a miracle twice in a row? Would Little‘s setting and characterization live up to the monumental expectations set by Everything? (You can read my take...

  • Matthew Quann
    Dec 31, 1969

    Matthew Quann

    ARC ReviewIf I had encountered Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere in a bookstore, I doubt I would have picked it up. The synopsis did not instill me with confidence since it seemed like a story I had read before and not loved. To be entirely honest, it seemed like a book markete...