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.
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
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.
This story is one of intrigued and the imperfections that lie in humans. Celeste Ng is able to deeply move you and show you the different sides of one intense tale. At its core Little Fires Everywhere is about relationships and most importantly the relationships between mother and daughter. The underlying messages focusing on family bonds, human mistakes and compassion is what made this book a well read for me.
Don’t go into this one with an expectation of a fast plot but definitely expect fires to explode metaphorically and figuratively. It picked up for me around chapter 10 in case you find yourself wondering where its going. If you love a good book about small town politics, complicated relationships and an emotional read you’ll really enjoy this one! The ending was so satisfying for me that I breathed deeply at the end and immediately knew my friends need to pick this one up.
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a finished copy of Little Fires Everywhere for an honest review.**