LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng – Review & Giveaway



Okay, so I’m like the last one to the party – I just read Celeste Ng’s novel, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (PenguinPress) and was completely blown away. It’s been a while since a novel grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let me come up for air until I’d read the entire book. I found myself completely immersed into the world of the Warren’s and Richardson’s until the very end.

So we have the Richardsons – this picture perfect educated and family of means living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. (What a fantastic upper middle American community to set this novel in.) Enter the Warren’s – Mia a single mom and artist, who survives basically paycheck to paycheck, and her teenage daughter, Pearl who doesn’t know who her father is. Mia and Pearl have uprooted and moved almost yearly and they’re hoping Shaker Heights will be their real home.

Then we have the Richardsons – this solid community family, with not only one huge house, but a side by side that they rent to the Warrens. Mrs. Richardson senses they’re struggling, so she makes the rent affordable (all out of the goodness of her heart?).

Families begin to co-mingle, Pearl loves going to the Richardson’s especially, to see Trip even thought it’s his brother who is in love with her. The Richardson’s youngest feels lost in her family and finds a connection with Mia Warren.

These are all the ingredients for a perfect storm which erupts with misunderstandings, jealousy, anger with envy rearing its ugly face. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is a delicious excuse to think your family is pretty “normal,” after all.

Reece Witherspoon and Kerry Washington have purchased the rights to turn LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE and are turning it into a limited series on the Hulu channel. If the recent series, LITTLE BIG LIES on HBO is any idea of what we can expect, expect fireworks!  Keep your eyes out for listings.



Celeste Ng’s first novel, Everything I Never Told You (2014), was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. It has been translated into over two dozen languages.

Celeste’s second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was published by Penguin Press in September 2017, and is a New York Times bestseller, Amazon’s #2 best book and best fiction book of 2017, and was named a best book of the year by over 25 publications. It was also the winner of the Goodreads Readers Choice Award 2017 in Fiction, and will soon be published abroad in more than 20 countries.

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, The Guardian, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what makes your family distinct. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.


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42 thoughts on “LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng – Review & Giveaway

  1. I don’t imagine our family is all that distinct from a lot of others. We are pretty average. I had three siblings growing up and my mom and dad with a dog. We did the normal things that people did. Grew up pretty happy.


  2. One distinction that comes to mind is I am an only child and my son is also an only child. Other than that, I think we are a typical family trying to survive in this crazy thing called life.


  3. What makes my family distinct is that I have 8 children who are each very different but love me and each other.


  4. I would say our family is distinct in that we share a lot of empathy and compassion for others. Something you don’t see a lot in today’s ugly world. We also share a love and respect for books and education.


  5. My sister gave birth to a pair of twins. They are fraternal and nothing alike. Fortunately, they are wonderful women and very close friends. I’m shocked that LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE is being offered right now. My book club will be reading this book for October and I don’t have a copy. It would be exciting to win this book.


  6. There are three sets of twins in out family. One identical and two fraternal. I have fraternal twin daughters who are different as night and day.


  7. Everything! Our last name is Worcester, that’s pretty unique! Also related down the line to Henry Hudson.


  8. I’m late to read it, too, Cindy, so thank you for the opportunity to win it!
    My husband’s mother was born in Salzburg, Austria, and when she was a young girl, was selected to present Chancellor Adolf Hitler with a bouquet of flowers on his official trip to Salzburg (when the Nazis were readying to take over Austria). She refused, not on principle, of course (she was too young), but due to shyness.


  9. Also late to the party and I must read before the series is created!

    My family is unique in that we are 3 generations living under one roof and there is a great divide between my brother and I.


  10. I would say we all have a strong work ethic and my two grown children have stretched that into being workaholics.


  11. I am the oldest of five kids who all went to college without my parent’s help, and not one of us is in debt. Not only that, my brother also went to law school and is now a judge.


  12. We’re a blended family where our six children knew each other while growing up, even to the point where my daughter briefly dated my husband’s son! Now we laugh about it – instead of being tied together through their marriage, they are tied together through OUR marriage!

    And, you aren’t the last one to the party about this book, Cindy, I also can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! I’ve heard so many great things about it. 🙂


  13. In the time that many poor people did not study my grandfather a farmer taught the importance of an education he worked hard for his children to go to university, had 10 children and all have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and sadly he is not alive to see his 30 grandchildren and their 14 great grandchildren all with careers and believe me we have all the careers in the family. Started with a great men.

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  14. I can’t think of anything that makes my family distinct from others except I’m the oldest of six kids and have lost three of the younger siblings.


  15. Our parents passed away early, and four of us have been stood by each other since. We have strong family bond and always look out for each other and his/her family, in spite of distance now that I have migrated to U.S.


  16. My family consisted of six siblings. My oldest sister and I (the youngest) were only nine years apart. My mother had her hands full, for sure.


  17. My family is distinct as it’s just my son, my grandson and I, but we have a life together of caring, joy and underling that each of us enjoy time alone and also enjoy time together!


  18. I can`t think of any thing that makes our family distinct…other than my grandma had 3 children (girl/boy/girl) I had 3 children (girl/boy/girl) and I have 3 grandchildren


  19. It is just the three of us — me, my mother and brother. We are very close emotionally but far apart (3,000 miles) physically.


  20. Nowadays I think maybe we are your average family. We have 2daughters that couldn’t be more different from each other. Though maybe the fact that I stayed home with my children because their father had to work nights. And they grew up with home cooked meals every night. Though I read to them every night and they grew up to be readers!


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