Your Must-Read Book for Fall is here: ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng is a riveting novel about the unspoken pains and inconsistent elements of motherhood.
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng’s new book focuses on the picture-perfect Richardsons — an upper-middle-class family of six. In the progressive suburban community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, people live an ordered life and no one embodies the spirit of the community more than Elena Richardson. Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother to her brilliant daughter, Pearl, arrives in this placid community to lease the Richardsons’ rental property.
Mia and Pearl soon become a little too close for comfort for the Richardson family as the Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. Mia and Elena’s conflict takes shape when old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby. The custody battle divides the town and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Elena is now out to get Mia and starts to dig through her past trying to understand her motives.
“When we try to turn a concept as huge and multifaceted as motherhood into an ideal, we lose sight of all the complexities of what being a mother actually means. Anyone who deviates from that platonic and, frankly, largely imagined ideal mother gets criticized and judged: for having a child too young, for having a child too old, for not wanting children, for not being able to have children, for having too many, for undergoing IVF or using a surrogate — the list goes on and on. However you chose to become a mother or choose not to be a mother, you’re already doing it wrong.” – Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere is deeply invested in the mother daughter relationship and brings forward how mysterious humans and their emotions still are… grab a copy and try to figure out whose side you’re on!