In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is 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 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 teenage 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.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood--and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
I definitely preferred this to Everything I Never Told You, I felt like the story had a bit more depth and I found the ending more satisfying than in the other book.
Little Fires Everywhere is a story about the strength of family, deceit, secrets jealousy and trying to find where you fit in the world. Ng does an amazing job at bringing us on a roller coaster of emotions as we get to know each of these strong characters and what they are going through.
We also learn that we really don't know what goes on behind closed doors and are reminded that everyone has their own story, their own challenges and their own demons.
This is a very easy read. It's not the best book I have ever read but it is far from the worst. I really felt that you could see the improvement from Ng's debut book to this and I look forward to seeing what else she comes up with in the future.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.”
Izzy, what an interesting and enigmatic character. She was definitely the most real to me and I felt the most sorry for her when reading the book.