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Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng
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 principal 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 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. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
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Ltrueblood
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I didn‘t want to put this book down! It was so beautifully written, the words wrapped around me in a spell-binding cadence and the twists and turns were surprising. Unexpected goodness.

DrexEdit Agree! A very good story! I have yet to watch the Hulu series though.
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BethHagey
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*****

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“I'll tell you a secret. A lot of times, parents are not the best at seeing their children clearly.” This is so true!

#Secrets
#WishesandBlessings

I was sick and missed yesterday 😩

Eggs Great choice💚💙💜 3w
ShelleyBooksie One of my top books of the year 3w
tracey38 Hope you're feeling better! 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tracey38 thank you Tracey!! I‘m much better today! 3w
tracey38 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yay! Hood to hear. 💛 3w
tracey38 *good 🙄😊 3w
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eeclayton
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I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere a lot. It builds up slowly, there are some excellent character studies, lots of thought-provoking aspects of human relationships and motherhood, and an ending that might not answer all the questions but still feels to me a proper place to leave these characters.

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MyNamesParadise
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I really enjoyed Ng‘s second novel. I‘ll admit I wanted to read it before I watched the tv mini series. It took a little bit to get into it but then I really enjoyed the pace of the novel and the character development and interactions. I was satisfied with the ending.

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Michellesibs
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I love character development in books and this book has that in abundance, the plot is slow however the character work is intense. I felt like I knew these characters on an intimate level, Izzy especially got under my skin. I felt her passion, her sense of justice and felt in my soul how misunderstood she was within her family unit.
These characters had me equally raging and heart breaking for them.
Easily five stars from me.

5feet.of.fury I‘ve got to get to reading this! I loved the show. 3mo
Michellesibs @5feet.of.fury I'm the opposite, now I must watch the show! 3mo
ShelleyBooksie I feel the same - its one of my top reads for the year 3mo
Michellesibs @ShelleyBooksie I think it's going to be one of mine also ❤ 3mo
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Eggs
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CaroPi I really dislike when they replace the cover with the one of the movie / TV series. But in this case I am not sure if I prefer the series than the book 4mo
Eggs I agree about the “tie-in” cover; I never get around to watching series.... 4mo
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Bookishgal71
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I watched the miniseries before reading this, which has been both a hinderance and a help. I kept imagining faces of the cast, who did not necessarily honor the descriptions in the book. Also, the show expanded the storyline in unexpected, and possibly irrelevant, ways. Overall, a good read though.

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cephellapod
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I felt a little dissatisfied by the ending of this one, but I did really enjoy it for the most part. I really love the characters and how all of their stories intertwined so intensely. I also love what it had to say about mother/child relationships. Good stuff.

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anniebannanie
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Really enjoyed the plot of this book, but it does feel slow at times.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. It‘s an issue novel, but one that doesn‘t beat you over the head with a foregone moral position. It‘s a psychological thriller, without the hack writing or “plot twists” you can sniff out a mile off. It‘s a family drama with a family that actually feels like a family. One of those rare much-hyped novels that actually lives up. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/little-fires-everywhere-celeste-ng/

Alora Yesss! One of my favourites. You need to watch the series now omg!!! So good 5mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Thought this was decent, but did not love like so many did. @TheAromaofBooks my #doublespin for August!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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hclaird
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This novel lands somewhere between a pick and so-so for me. While I loved the characters and their unique relationships and interplay I also sort of saw the ending coming. To be fair the book kind of lays out the ending in the first few pages. I guess I was hoping for something a little more climactic (aside from the fire). I did love how honestly this book portrayed the role of a mother and that even the best of them (or worst) are just human.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Wowza - what a book! This one had been on my tbr for ages and I was so excited to receive it from @melissajayne . I'm hesitant to read books that are very popular as they are often big misses for me (Crawdads is an example) but I totally understand the hype about this book. What a great story!!! The characters are so rich and complex and the issues that they deal with are big. This is one that will stay with me.

5feet.of.fury I loved the Hulu series 6mo
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Tracey3
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I did not watch the series that was made from this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way Ng weaves the layers of her novels. Not all of the characters were likable, but that was essentially the point. I don‘t think I will watch the series because I don‘t see how it could possibly live up to the book.
Mia and her daughter rent an apartment that it owned by a wealthy family and their lives become entwined in unexpected ways.

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audraelizabeth
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Im not sure about this book. It just felt very disjointed and not my thing.
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 I preferred her other book. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
audraelizabeth @Andrew65 Hmm, i might try it. 6mo
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hclaird
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Rainy day in Anchorage. Pausing for a few pages before getting back to the seemingly endless amount of garage sale items I‘m currently organizing.

Thoughts so far on Little Fires Everywhere (only about 1/4 of the way in): This is feeling like a fast read so far, I only started it yesterday but I‘m absolutely loving the character development and relationship between Moody and Pearl as well as her mother Mia. Can‘t wait to learn more about Izzy.

Moony Welcome on litsy 💐 #welcomelitten 6mo
hclaird Thank you :) 6mo
ReadingOver50 Welcome 6mo
Kimberlone Yay first post!! 🎉😘 6mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Finished my #BookSpin from February. When I was halfway through I couldn‘t resist starting the Hulu series. It takes some skill to simultaneously watch an adaptation and read the original work without accidentally spoiling it for yourself 😂 #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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HPBookBug
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Favourite book Read in June. The TV series is also great, if not better.

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arkei
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★★★★
Juxtapose of reality and ideals, this book explores the life inside each characters, always balancing between living with what is expected and living with what is uncertain.

It turned out to be a good read when examined under the lens of race, power, and consequences. There's so much love too, but it wasn't what had me turning the page.

DrexEdit Glad to hear you ended up liking it! 😀 6mo
arkei @DrexEdit I'm thankful for the replies when I was considering bailing on it! I wasn't really curious about what led to that event—the whys of it are a bit predictable—but reading the replies made me interested in exploring other themes. Do you have some recommendations of books with similar themes but with different conflicts or a different approach? 6mo
DrexEdit The one book that occurs to me is Americanah by Chimamanada Ngozi Adichie. That might be one to try if you haven't read it yet. (edited) 6mo
arkei @DrexEdit Stacked. Thank you! 6mo
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All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles.

- Chapter 11

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Everything, she noticed, seemed capable of transmogrification. Even the two boulders in the backyard sometimes turned to silver in the early morning sunlight. In the books she read, every stream might be a river god, every tree a dryad in disguise, every old woman a powerful fairy, every pebble an enchanted soul. Anything had the potential to transform, and this, to her, seemed the true meaning of art.

- Chapter 13

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arkei

On chapter 13

Jealous of Mia's passion for photography... I've only had such attitude towards books—nothing I regret—and writing, but I wish I was drawn towards other creative pursuits at that early age.

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ShelleyBooksie
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@melissajayne - Thank you for the wonderful #sliceofsummer package! I cannot wait to start the books! The socks are sooo cute and the notebook is so lovely I do not want to write in it - hah! Hope you like your parcel as well. @Catsandbooks

melissajayne I‘m so glad you like it! Burial Rites is an excellent book. You‘ll find something to write in the notebook! (edited) 6mo
Catsandbooks Love those watermelon socks! Enjoy! 🍉 💕 6mo
5feet.of.fury Gorgeous bookmark! I‘ve been wanting to read Little Fires Everywhere since I watched the show 🤓 I‘ll have to lookout for your review 🙂 6mo
LoverOfLearning Oh love the bookmark! 6mo
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arkei

Now here was this Mia, a completely different kind of woman leading a completely different life, who seemed to make her own rules with no apologies.

arkei Now here was “this“ Mia 🤨😬

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“Well, I‘d love to buy one,” Mrs. Richardson said. “In fact, I insist. If we don‘t support our artists, how can they create great work?”
“That‘s very generous of you.” Mia‘s eyes slid toward the window briefly, and Mrs. Richardson felt a twinge of irritation at this lukewarm response to her philanthropy.

arkei 😬 the haves vs have-nots, in a system where art is merely another opportunity to show how charitable you are 7mo
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arkei

“Being allowed to do something and knowing how to do it are not the same thing.”

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arkei

Rewrite a famous story from a different perspective. For example, retell The Wizard of Oz from the point of view of the Wicked Witch.‘

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“Don‘t let the shallowness fool you,” Moody had told Pearl. “You know why she watches TV all afternoon? Because she can finish her homework in half an hour before bed. Like that.”

arkei I wish I could do that too. 7mo
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Work! When her mother said it, it reeked of drudgery: waiting tables, washing dishes, cleaning floors. But for the Richardsons, it seemed noble: they did important things.

arkei This bothers me a lot. It seems to be a contradiction of an understanding presented earlier in the book that Mia's Work is her photography. Or should I take it as a sign that Pearl is changing? 7mo
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To bail or not? 😖🙈

DrexEdit I liked it. I don‘t know how far into,it you are tho. 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit Oh! I'm only three chapters in. How far am I from a dramatic confrontation/drama, if you remember any highlights? Also, what aspects of the story did you like? 7mo
LibrarianRyan I bailed on the show. Does that count? 7mo
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DrexEdit @arkei It was kind of a slow burn story that kept ratcheting up tension. I liked the multiple storylines and how they all fit together. It was also a great story about families (which I like) and how they function, or not, and the damage that can be done even when you believe you're doing the best thing for all involved. It also touches on mother/daughter themes and race/identity/assimilation. Not a lot of action, but a lot about relationships. 7mo
marleed I read this considerably prior to the limited series. If not for sn IRL bookclub, I wouldn‘t think about this… I was aware of the future casting while reading and noted Kerry Washington as Mia. Ohh, thought everyone else. Had they considered race/culture for Mia (and they didn‘t) they collectively thought Asian. I believe our whole bc discussion would be different if we were to read/discuss today. 7mo
arkei @DrexEdit That makes sense. I expected some drama outright. Maybe because of how it started. Thank you! 7mo
arkei @LibrarianRyan Not really... 😆 Adaptations are tricky. 7mo
arkei @marleed Better different? 7mo
arkei Thanks for your thoughts! ♥♥ For now, I'll continue reading this. I think I know how to approach this book now. 7mo
marleed @arkei I think not better or worse really just different. The way my bc read it at the time lead to great discussion but it was not a discussion centered on BLM, rather more team Elenor or team Mia. But reading the book following the series and the events of 2019-2020, I think we would have gone in an BLM discussion. Both good discussions. 7mo
arkei Oh, taking sides. So there really is a good scene somewhere in here. Thanks for your reply and talking about the book club experience, @marleed and sorry for my late response. 7mo
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Monicad
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Quick and easy read... The characters and setting do remind me of the TV series "Big little lies"... I did enjoy this book for a little escapism and I did get drawn into the webs and tangles she created. I believe there is a series on Netflix for this book but I haven't watched it.

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arkei

This is already my third attempt to continue this. I'm not certain why I'm experiencing some friction but the storytelling really isn't drawing me in. 🤷🏽

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BayouGirl85
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This is my third attempt at reading this book. Something is just off for me. I think I am done trying on this one.

June Book 21/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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SaraLynn
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Great read

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BooksNBowls
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I haven‘t reviewed in a while! I absolutely loved this show, so I HAD to read the book and I wasn‘t disappointed. I was actually surprised at how closely it followed the show and thought the ending in the book gave much more closure than what the show did. I love the themes and contradictions in this story line and can‘t wait to read Everything I Never Told You next!

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Victoria6
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Book #11

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peanutnine
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Day 7 #MayCharacters
Prompt: Migrates

Mia has been migrating around the country since Pearl was born and they never live anywhere longer than a year.

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼🔥🧡 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 🔥 8mo
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radelyn
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Y'all, I have NEVER abhorred, loathed, or been so bothered by a character like I have Elena Richardson. This book was such a wonderful portrait of characters and a fantastic portrayal of how complex humans and relationships roam.

But for real, Mrs. Richardson can suck it.

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quirkyreader
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I got this book four years ago and I finally got to it. Here is my gr link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3952675671

Thank you @penguinrandomhouse @penguinusa @Penguinpress for this one.

quirkyreader This was supposed to be a review. I hit the wrong screen. 9mo
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KCofKaysville
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Did not get really hooked on it until about half-way, and then I could not stop reading. A contrast between two households, one planned and seemingly ideal in a comfortable community, and one artistic and different. It's not the usual kind of thing I read, but it was really good and keeps you thinking about authenticity and facing reality, motherhood, race, etc. I have not seen the series.

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Sihamwh
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Four down two to go.
2 Horby
2 Ng
2 Medical memoirs
#celesteng #nickhornby

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poiuyt
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Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.

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Sargar114
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Packed my priorities to bring with me to get my hair did. Finished this one and it was uh....mazing!!!

rubyslippersreads The most important attribute of a purse is its book capacity. 😄 10mo
Sargar114 @rubyslippersreads so true 😂🤣😂🤣 10mo
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reema
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You know a book is well written when you cannot stand a character- or two- and, still, you can‘t stop reading. You know it‘s even better when you can empathize with the characters a bit. This is one of those books.

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bookaholic1
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#21
I really enjoyed this book

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HelenaLW
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4/5

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twolittlefeetreads
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This was my second book of the year. My daughter and I watched the Hulu mini series and loved it so she bought me the book for my birthday. I have to say even though I enjoyed this book it was one of those rare times when I liked the movie better! Maybe because I saw it first? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Either way both versions are enjoyable!

#littlefireseverywhere #celesteng

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Blueberry
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Next up for my f2f bookclub.

NataliePatalie I watched this show! 12mo
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