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Little Fires Everywhere Audiobook

Little Fires Everywhere

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "would make a great movie"

    Easy to see how this story would present on screen.... the story is interesting for the first 2/3's of the book, but becomes a bit predictable near the end. Still worth the credit.

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    Amelia 10-23-17
    Amelia 10-23-17
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    "Nothing happened!"

    I couldn't wait til it was over. I thought surely something interesting would happen, but it didn't. It was almost like she's get us to a point of interest where some drama could happen, and then just walked in. No place. Just talks about the characters. Totally returning.

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    Gwendolyn Holley 10-22-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Little Fires Everywhere"

    I began reading this work not really knowing whether it would hold my attention until the end. It did! I found myself loathing the protagonist, Mrs. Richards and the entire model of the Shaker existence. Ms. Ng has created an excellent capsule in which to tell this story. I found myself thinking so much about white privilege and it’s impact on everyone involved in this highly complicated situation. I wanted to read a story that would take me away from my surroundings and Ms. Ng provided an excellent vehicle and I sincerely thank her for the journey.

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    Jamie 10-22-17
    Jamie 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just meh..."

    The story was fine, but nothing amazing or mind melting. I have a problem with the point of view that the story was told from. Not a bad book just meh

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    Deborah 10-22-17
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    "Compelling story of living life “right”"

    A thoughtful story about the meaning of living one’s life correctly, and how to define that correctness. The characters intertwine and complex relationships develop and disintegrate. The author’s brilliant use of similes enriches the scenes and allows readers to fully engage.

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    Bill Pace 10-21-17
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    This story had a clever plot and good character development but it was way too long. The author engaged in long pointless lists of irrelevant detail as if she were being paid by the word.

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    "Well written story with a twist"

    I have been on a bit of a book lull lately, and this one finally took me out of my slump! Great story, good characters, just enough detail, and a few interesting twists.

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    Daniella 10-19-17
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    "Good after first half"

    It took a while to get into this book and I had to start over to figure out all the pieces but about halfway through it started getting good and I was hooked!

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    1mom3kids Philly area 10-19-17
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    "Keeps you thinking"

    As the mom of three children adopted from Guatemala, the adoption storyline in this book was thought provoking. I loved the story. The characters were well developed. And we lived near Shaker Heights for a while and know of its reputation -- then and now. Funny and poignant with delicious twists and turns.

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    Ian 10-17-17
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    I saw so much of myself and so many of these characters. I would be certain that I was on 1% side and what did switch my alliances quickly. This was such a great book that gave you every perspective. It's been along time since I have read something with this good of character development.

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