Written By: Celeste Ng

Narrated By: Jennifer Lim

Date: September 2017

Duration: 11 hours 28 minutes

Summary:

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

The runaway New York Times bestseller!

Named a Best Book of the Year by: 
People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more!
 
'I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.' –Jodi Picoult

“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” - Reese Witherspoon

“I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.”—John Green

'Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel.' – Paula Hawkins

From the bestselling 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 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.

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.

Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.

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  • Day D

    Little’s fires is an amazing and important piece of literature. It tackles varying themes that are controversial and explores many sides of each situation. It made me really ponder the importance or race relations; what is racism and blindness; equally as damaging. The idealized scenery of Shaker Heights was reminiscent of the neighbour hood I grew up in, Lawrence Park, Toronto Ontario; garbage in back, garage in back, no rubbishy out front; picturesque to the eye, but what about in deep? Thank you Celeste Ng for the amazing g story, I just really want to follow up with Izzy, Mia, Pearl, and B.B. and the rest of the cast of characters!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

  • Mark W.

    Omg could this book drag on any longer I’m sorry I wasted a credit

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • Latoya L.

    Don't throw stones when you live in a glass house. Just when you thought your s*** don't stink, reality sets in. Mrs. Richardson was so high and mighty, to think her children could do no wrong, but oh. She went prying into Mia's life only to see her own life fall apart. The title is spot on, there were little gems of fire everywhere during this story. Shows you a glimpse in the rich, entitled life. Read it in a day and a half, couldn't put it down. #book22of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext #highlyrecommended

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Tracy G

    Narrator was good. An easy book with many references to the Cleveland area. You kind of knew where the book was going but there was suspense and the end tied it all together.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Pia T.

    Loved the book. I want to know what happens next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Dr Barbara B

    One of the few books, I have listened to in one day. Narrator did a beautiful job, giving each character a believable, distinctive voice. The story was good,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Maria E

    I enjoyed this book but felt it dragged in parts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Susan G

    I enjoyed the book. It kept my attention. I felt the last few chapters were as if the author got tired of writing and rushed through to an usatsfing ending. I hope there is a sequel. A lot of time introducing the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Teresa M

    Great book, throughly enjoyed it. Wasn't expecting the ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jael R

    Loved it. Amazing book. Such an easy listen. Read it as a book and listened to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tara M.

    One of the best books I have (read) heard in a very long time. I am a bit wary of watching the series on Hulu since I loved the book so much!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Betsy R.

    my favorite character was the girl who burnt the house down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    An interesting story. A little too much high school drama for me to give a 5 star, but an interesting twist at the end. I think it will be a cross-generational favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    So easy to use and great narration! Little Fires Everywhere is a great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sara P.

    Loved the characters. I was drawn into the story fairly quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jenna F.

    Very well written and well told. Covers so many different controversial topics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book... left me waiting for outcomes several times and I found several characters very endearing. It was and easy read with wonderful plot twists ... I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Colleen Z.

    Very different than what I normally read. I really enjoyed it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Maggie M.

    I enjoyed the story and the plot really thickened toward the end. The reason I took a few stars off was that the descriptions were just too long. While I did like the fact that the author wanted to paint the picture for us, there were too many details and I would often find my mind and attention wander off because of it. If you enjoy drama, you will likely enjoy the book if you can make it to the second half where the story takes off. I liked getting to know all of the characters and the author made each character intertwine in an interesting way. The two main characters are polar opposites, which also made it interesting. There is a good lesson to be learned, but you'll have to wait til the last chapter to get to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Best book I’ve read this year!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa S.

    Easy listening. Very easy to connect with characters. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • nab6215

    Anger is the bodyguard of fear. If you look at the characters' actions in "Little Fires Everywhere" with "anger is the bodyguard of fear" in mind you will better understand their behavior. Other times, anger is just anger. This is also a story about people not talking to each about what really matters. And leaving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nancy K.

    This was a good read. I enjoyed the various characters and their plights.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Barbara

    Very much in the style of Jodi Picoult, told from different characters view points. The story is engaging, but jumps too much between characters and time pieces so it's hard to catch up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Teresa W

    it got good reviews but definitely one of the worst books yet

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sonja M

    Many interesting themes and characters, and great narration. I found the way it wrapped up extremely unsatisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa H.

    I was a little bored with the book.

  • Silaws

    Great! Story lines fit together nicely

  • Rosalind G.

    Really enjoyed this story and the characters.

  • BMC320

    Great read

  • Cathy C.

    The narrator did a good job. The story was not captivating. Could easily have stopped listening at any time. Did not have an interesting plot. Would k no or rxonmend this to a friend.

  • Marlene S.

    The metaphors and similes added vivid visuals that enriched the listening pleasure

  • Marian C.

    Great book lots of twists and turns

  • Philip H.

    Great story. Starts slowly during character development, but the last half of the book brings into focus the many disparities we see in American life; the importance of love, acceptance, patience, and motherhood; how blind or ignorant we can be of others' outlooks on life; and making the best of your situation, no matter how dire it seems.

  • Rona W.

    Intelligent. Intriguing. Innovative.

  • Linda M.

    How this novel was nominated to be Best Book of the Year, I have no idea. The first part reads like a book for teenagers, and then it begins to almost identically repeat the "adoption" plot found in the novel "Lucky Boy" - and I do mean it is an almost identical plot line. The narrator was excellent.

  • Abbye D.

    A beautifully written novel filled with unique perspective on controversial topics and two very different families who ended up transforming each other in one way or another.

  • Christin T.

    Narrator was good. Easy to listen to and keep up with. Makes you think about your own life and haves vs have nots.

  • Anonymous

    This book made my 12-hour road trip seem to go by quickly. It was well narrated, which can make or break the audio version of a book. Would definitely take time to listen again, as I’m sure I missed some things trying to focus on the road - but the story is beautifully written - glad I purchased it.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed getting into this book, and was mesmerized for the first half, but the emphasis on babies and parallels in other lives was overdone for me. I felt dissatisfied at the end, not raving, unfortunately. It's well written and well read, but the story development lacked something

  • Valérie L.

    I couldn't enter the story, was gripped neither by the story or the narrator.

  • Debbie J.

    It took me a bit to get started, but was so glad I held on. Really enjoyed the story.

  • Frances T.

    loved the story and writing

  • Robin B.

    Loved this

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book, im sad that it's over. I wanted to be a part of their world.

  • Penni Q

    Great read

  • Cynthia Rogers

    Two families showing the best and worst of times. One family showing compassion creativity and understanding. The other is showing stability class’ and structure. A page turner that said in each incident we are all 100 percent human. And author Celeste Ng who encourages you to remain with situation.

  • Merryl

    I really enjoyed this book. I believe that audiobooks depend so much on their narrators, and this one was really great. Little fires everywhere was very entertaining and prophetic. Perfect communities may exist in theory but never in reality. Celeste Ng delved into issues about infertility, adoption as well as surrogacy and abortion exploring all sides, leaving the listener a lot to think about. A great read!

  • Maureen R.

    I enjoyed the artist’s perspective and twists and turns of the book.

  • Amy B.

    Love the book. Didn’t like the tv series.

  • Belinda M.

    Good book but wasn’t thrilled with how it ended.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting

  • Hannah G.

    Excellent read. Very interesting story development.

  • Brandy M.

    Had too many back stories that could have been explained in a few sentences, maybe a paragraph

  • Anonymous

    I loved everything about this book. Ng was able to bring in stories of so many characters and slowly show us where they came from and what molded them to become who they were. A must read! 5 stars for the author and narrator!

  • Susan J.

    enjoyed the book, but felt plot twists were predictable.

  • Amanda K.

    Awesome but I wanted more for the ending.

  • Vivian V.

    This book dragged for a weak finale.

  • Anonymous

    Well written story that reminds us that everyone is not always who they seem to be.

  • Kathleen F.

    Excellent!

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the first half, if only for my suspicion that it was building up to some grand reveal, mystery, or anything really. But no, nothing. I got 30 minutes of exposition on intricate specifications of Mia's artistic preferences, but precious little payoff unfortunately.

  • GRACE E.

    great narrator. slow start to the book and only picked up the last few hours.

  • Susette B.

    The story was all over the place. At times a bit confusing

  • Kaylee D.

    I couldn’t stop listening this was an awesome story!

  • Sharon G.

    Great book

  • Nadia M.

    It was boring. Every time, when it started to get somewhat exciting, the outcome was simply blah... There were moments where I simply wanted to interrupt and ask “wait, what was it?” Poorly written, in my opinion.

  • Marissa S.

    Stopped listening halfway through. This is more of a young adult novel.

  • Anonymous

    Predictable. I disagree with previous reviewers that the issues are equally delivered. I think you can clearly see what the author’s opinion is. The racist issues did not need to be issue but the author chose these issues. Story could have been told without these bias.

  • Emily A.

    Not at all special or memorable

  • Anonymous

    This book was a letdown. The storyline was all over the place and the ending was horrible! I wish I would have saved my credit.

  • Carla S.

    Thought the tone of the reader was overly judgemental in terms of disparity of privilege. Seemed to be intentional and became obtrusive to the story.

  • Wendy Y.

    The writer has a poetic gift and can write appealing words. This story, however felt very unfocused. I had to keep asking myself, “What is the intention of this book?” It was a challenge to engage with the many characters, as they felt two dimensional. It was hard to make it through.

  • Susan R.

    This book had so much potential, the plot was good but the execution was just too boring and drawn out, especially the first 8 chapters were difficult to get through due to lack of interesting characters and trivial information. Improved after the first 8 chapters, but due to "too little too late" could only give 2 stars.

  • Emily T.

    It really wasn’t all that. I don’t see what all the hype was about.

  • Jacklyn V.

    Interesting story of divergent personalities & family dynamics!

  • Joseph G.

    good book and good narration. The content just wasn't for me

  • Nelly N.

    Narrator was good. Story was entertaining. From the reviews, I thought it was going to be better than it was. And lots of reviews about a surprise ending. I thought it was a normal ending.

  • Melissa W.

    Disappointing.

  • Anonymous

    I loved some parts and didn’t like others. A lot of time was spent saying negative things about Shaker and it made me feel defensive even though that is not the community where I live in the Cleveland area. The narration was excellent.

  • Jennifer B

    Great book.

  • April G

    I enjoyed the story and characters. However the narration was really bad. The author read in a flat monotone making it difficult to distinguish which character was speaking. I’m a fan of McMillan’s books, but I will purchase hard copies of her work going forward for a better experience.

  • Yvonne D

    Great listen! I listen while I commute; perfect for entertainment without unnecessary distraction.

  • Julie M

    I thought it was very good. From some of the previous reviews I was worried I might not like the ending but I thought it was very believable and satisfactory!!!

  • Anonymous

    Pulls you in and takes your mind of anything else.

  • Mary M

    Liked the book but overuse of the term “as if...” was distracting. Narrated has a very pleasant voice.

  • Kristen L

    It was an enjoyable book. A little slow but as a proud Cleveland native I enjoyed all the local details.

  • Jacqueline H

    Nice story but dragged along on some spots.

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