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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Wendi Houston, TX 09-14-17
    Wendi Houston, TX 09-14-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I Actually Pre-Ordered This.. Never Again"

    I was really looking forward to 'Little Fires Everywhere' by Celeste Ng. The day my pre-order was available I immediately downloaded and started to listen. I listened for two hours and I thought 'there has to be more than this.'

    I listened for another three hours. The book is about a neighbourhood and kids' pranks and a woman's job and how some people pay bills. Okay, maybe there is some deep symbolism I am missing. However, I don't care. This book is boring, tedious, and I dare to say it's a YA book- however the YA audience would find it boring too.

    I am returning this dud. Even the narrator sounds like a little child. The characters are disjointed, the plot is all over the place and the whole book pretty much sucks. Urgh.

    Audible, I will need this credit back.

    -Wendi

    70 of 102 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 09-17-17
    Bonny 09-17-17
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    "Conformity vs. thinking for yourself"

    Celeste Ng covers a lot of ground in Little Fires Everywhere - conformity vs. thinking for yourself, motherhood, relationships, secrets, lies, culture, ethnicity, creativity, economic safety vs. barely getting by, family dynamics, and privilege. There really are little fires everywhere, both literal and figurative. Like Everything I Never Told You, this story opens at the end and then the author tells an engrossing tale to explain how it all unfolded. Ng has an extraordinary ability to make the reader consider a story from different perspectives through her well-developed and complicated characters. Even the setting of Shaker Heights, planned, manicured, and with rules for everything, contributes to the narrative.

    Some of the parts that I found most exceptional were the descriptions of Mia Warren's art. The character captured so much in her photographs, and Ng captured so much in her writing about them. I'm going to be thinking about this book and those photographs for quite a while.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Pellien Yardley, PA 09-19-17
    Jessica Pellien Yardley, PA 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the story and narration. I listened to everything I never told you twice and love Celeste Ng's writing. This new book does not disappoint. Thank you.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Z. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-17-17
    Stacey Z. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 09-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "really great story!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the reader had a wonderful voice!
    I would recommend highly

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    DS 09-15-17
    DS 09-15-17
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    "Tedious"

    I pre-ordered this on the strength of her first novel. This is nothing like that book. I only got through 1 hour of this. It is plodding and 2 hours in, I don't want to invest any more time on plodding scenery with zero plot.

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    Jen New Mexico 11-20-17
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    "This is one I will listen to again"

    Great narration and an engrossing story I listened to in two days. As with her last novel, this author weaves many stories together and does not tie off the ends neatly. The result is a story that feels real with characters who feel like people you know.

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    HRS Tacoma, WA 11-19-17
    HRS Tacoma, WA 11-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A work of art"

    I am stunned by this incredible book. As someone without kids, just the idea of a family drama makes bile rise in the back of my throat. Boring and... gross. In that sense, Little Fires Everywhere is NOT a family drama. I was absolutely enraptured, both by the story, and its performance. Well done! I look forward to reading more books by Celeste Ng.

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    Katie Carpenter 11-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"

    The book was wonderful. There were only 2 parts that were a little wordy but the rest was great and provoked feeling. It ended without closure though which hopefully means a sequel (?) but I doubt it.

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    Rachelle 11-18-17
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    "You will love it!"

    One of the best novels I have listened to. Characters engaging, story great and the reader was wonderful! I was so sad when it was over.

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    Tracey in PA 11-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome... just... awesome"

    no words. just awesome. now I want to own a hard copy. buy it. worth ten times the price...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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