Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng
"This is the rare book that offers something- complicated characters, beautiful plotting, meaty moral dilemmas- to so many different kinds of readers. At its core, this is the story of two families: the seemingly-perfect Richardson clan and the nomadic mother-daughter Warren duo. When a couple close to the Richardsons adopts a Chinese baby, the families' ideologies are challenged and their lives changed forever. I promise, you will finish this book feeling thrilled and utterly satisfied" - Recommended by Erika
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 teenaged 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.