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.
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