“This is a terrific book, one of the best I have read all year. Ng is a terrific writer.”


Just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng this is the story of the Richardson family. A married couple with 2 boys and 2 girls. The husband is a very successful attorney and the Mother is a news reporter. The kids are all in high school.

They live in upscale Shaker Heights. They will soon have a new tenant in one of their local rental properties, Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl. Mia is a budding artist whose specialty is photography and Pearl is a brilliant girl who also goes to the same school as the Richardson’s kids.

The book actually begins with the event which will close the book, which is the Fire that will destroy the Richardson home. The fire will be set by Izzie, the youngest Richardson daughter. The real catalyst of the book however is the abandonment of a Chinese baby by her mother. The baby will be put into Foster care with the McCulluch family, who have bern trying for years to have a child of their own.

The McCulluchs are very good friends with the Richadsons’. This event will cause ripples like a window with a crack in it, slowly spreading until the window breaks. It will put the Richardsons’ and the Warrens’ in direct opposition to each other, and all the little fires that existed amongst the kids and their parents will explode like their home will.

This is a terrific book, one of the best I have read all year. Ng is a terrific writer.

A must read.


Reviewed by:

Richard Franco

Added 19th November 2017

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