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From the best-selling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
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 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.
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.
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.
©2017 Celeste Ng (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." (Paula Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water)
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2 out of 5 stars
By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Boring and Drawn Out!!!

Kept falling asleep while listening, but was determined to finish it, especially due to all the hype over this audiobook. The story never got any better, and the ending was ridiculous! Really wish I could understand why there are so many great reviews. What are people seeing, that I just don't? As for the narration, J.L. did a pretty good job of performing each of the characters, though she did not use different voices or inflections for them. She basically used the same voice during the whole story. Sadly, I would definitely recommend passing this one up, and not wasting your time on it. 👎🏼

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4 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 02-24-18

Like yarn unspooling into a tangled pile

At the start of the story, Ng presents you, the reader, with a pile of tangled, messy yarn, making you wonder how it could have ended up this way. Then she takes you back and sets each of the characters before you, like neatly wound balls of yarn. Over the course of the story, she steadily and deliberately unspools each ball until you reach the end and realize this is not just some tangled mess, but a colorful, complicated design that could not have turned out any other way.
I appreciated how the characters came to life, each imperfect in his or her own way, and how there was no simple right or wrong answer to each conflict that arose. Ng’s descriptions of the art and photography throughout the novel was also so evocative, I felt like I could truly see and understand not just the art itself, but the artist.
This is not the type of book that has you feverishly turning pages. Rather, it is a book where the author ties a piece of yarn around you and steadily pulls you forward, page by page, until before you know it, you’ve reached the inevitable, yet satisfying conclusion.
The narrator is also terrific.

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