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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

    33 of 46 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.

    12 of 15 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 9 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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    Karla Butler 10-23-17 Member Since 2012
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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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    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
    Deborah 10-22-17 Member Since 2016
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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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