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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 Overland Park, KS, United States 09-14-17
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 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

    28 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 09-17-17
    Bonny 09-17-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    11 of 13 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.

    5 of 8 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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    Daniella 10-19-17
    Daniella 10-19-17 Member Since 2014
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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
    1mom3kids Philly area 10-19-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    "Great"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Cohen 10-17-17
    Robin Cohen 10-17-17
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    "little epiphanies everywhere"

    Another thoughtful and thought-provoking book by Celeste Ng. I loved her first book, and didn't imagine that this one could be as good, but it is. This is a sensitive and nuanced look at motherhood, social class and race. She does not let her characters or her plot off with easy answers, or with good guys and bad guys. Even though each character seems to be somewhat of a "type" initially, as the narrative deepens we see how multifaceted each participant in this story is and I found myself feeling more and more empathy for each of them as the story developed. Lovely and evocative book that I didn't want to end. I listened to this as an audiobook (from Audible) and thought the narrator was perfect.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Lotus 10-16-17
    Lady Lotus 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Splendidly written!"

    The story was delicious, Rich with the cream of life, the sweet and sour. From an artist’s perspective which was refreshing. I enjoyed every last drop. :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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