What’s Sera Reading? Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Seraphim with Tenbury’s copy of Little Fires Everywhere (hardback)
by Celeste Ng (author)

Celeste Ng is a New York times best seller author her previous novel “Everything I Never Told You” was in the top 10 for three weeks running . This novel “Little Fires Everywhere” was released May 2018 and hit the news for some controversial depictions of the dangers of American’s smug liberalism.

Combining a deeply observant story about race, community and motherhood. A story of a carefully ordered Cleveland community that is shaken by a family home being destroyed. At first it looks like the youngest child of the Richardson’s is responsible but nothing is ever as it seems.  Mia and Pearl enter into this place with all they have in one car. They become more than just tenants and we discover Mia has more history than just her single motherhood story and her creative photography is more than just a hobby. All of the Richardson children find Pearl wonderful and intriguing, and Mia a breath of fresh maternal input. However, when a Richardson family friend attempts to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town. we get an explosion of points of view from the different characters involved. Here we find out the weight of secrets. It puts Mia and Elena [Mrs Richardson] on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But there at an unexpected and devastating cost.

Celeste Ng and the paperback cover of “Little Fires Everywhere”

It has the pace and fervour of a psychological thriller, Little Fires Everywhere is a truly remarkable novel of American suburbia’s dark undercurrents. Personally I really enjoyed the exploration of art and identity in human nature. [I’m an artist] and the undeniable weight, pains and pulls of motherhood.

Yes, I recommend it. Plus, men would enjoy the story too.

Published by BlueFalcon1983

YA Writer and illustrator

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