BOOK: Little Fires Everywhere
AUTHOR: Celeste Ng
I read this book as part of the We B Bookin’ Group on Facebook. Was very glad I got it on audiobook because honestly if I just read it normally, I probably would have skimmed it and not gotten the full effect. The books starts out at the end, and then back tracks to explain why the fires happened. There is a lot of dual meaning, and storylines that parallel as well as intersect. It was well written and thoughtful, if not slightly slow. Not really what I typically read but enjoyable.
Short Synopsis (from Goodreads):
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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 just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.