Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere author Ng was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1980. Her parents moved to the US from Hong Kong in the 1960s. Her father was a physicist who worked for NASA at the Glenn Research Center. He died in 2004, while her mother was a chemist who was a teacher at Cleveland State University. When Ng was ten, her family moved from Pittsburgh to Shaker Heights in Ohio. She attended the school in the Shaker Heights City School District. At Shaker Heights High School, she was involved with the student group on race relations for three years. She was also the co-editor of the school’s literary magazine, Semanteme. She graduated from high school in the year 1998.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is scrupulously planned . From the outline of the twisting roads, to the colors of the houses, to the flourishing 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 inscrutable artist and single mother. She 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 interesting mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disrespect for the rules that threatens to upend this cautiously ordered community.
Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over.
When the Richardsons’ friends try to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts. That battle dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposite 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. The ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert tragedy, or heartbreak.
4.5 Out of 5