Little Fires Everywhere

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      American Library Association
    • Publication Date:
      2017
    • Abstract:
      * Little Fires Everywhere. By Celeste Ng. Sept. 2017.370p. Penguin, $27 (9780735224292). Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a by-the-books kind of town. Longtime residents know [...]
    • ISSN:
      0006-7385
    • Rights:
      COPYRIGHT 2017 American Library Association
      Copyright 2017 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.499862692
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HAGGAS, C. Little Fires Everywhere. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 21, p. 19, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 21 jul. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Haggas C. Little Fires Everywhere. Booklist. 2017;(21):19. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875. Accessed July 21, 2019.
    • APA:
      Haggas, C. (2017). Little Fires Everywhere. Booklist, (21), 19. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Haggas, Carol. 2017. “Little Fires Everywhere.” Booklist. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Haggas, C. (2017) ‘Little Fires Everywhere’, Booklist, p. 19. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 21 July 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Haggas, C 2017, ‘Little Fires Everywhere’, Booklist, no. 21, p. 19, viewed 21 July 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Haggas, Carol. “Little Fires Everywhere.” Booklist, no. 21, 2017, p. 19. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Haggas, Carol. “Little Fires Everywhere.” Booklist, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Haggas C. Little Fires Everywhere. Booklist [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2019 Jul 21];(21):19. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.499862692&custid=s3443875

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 July #1

*Starred Review* Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a by-the-books kind of town. Longtime residents know the well-established rules of conduct. Newcomers, such as itinerant artist Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, must find out for themselves what is acceptable and what is not. Renting an apartment from city-native Elena Richardson should give Mia and Pearl a leg up. Instead, it throws them into the midst of a fraught custody battle concerning a Chinese American baby; engenders fierce rivalries between brothers Moody and Trip Richardson for Pearl's attention; and casts Mia as the unlikely confidant of the Richardson daughters, popular Lexie and outcast Izzy. There are secrets upon secrets within the families: Mia's past is hidden from Pearl, just as Pearl conceals her love affair with Trip. Lexie's abortion must be kept from her family, while only Izzy knows the subterfuge her mother is using to undermine Mia and Pearl's happiness. Ng's stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest. Ng's debut, Everything I Never Told You (2015), was a book-group staple. Laden with themes of loyalty and betrayal, honesty and trust, her latest tour de force should prove no less popular. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 April #2

Ng follows up the uber-best-booked, New York Times best-selling Everything I Never Told You with a story set in classy Shaker Heights, OH, where the diamond-perfect Richardson family are upended by the arrival of single-mom artist Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, to whom they rent a house. When friends attempt to adopt a Chinese American baby, all hell breaks lose. With a national tour.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2017 June #1

The morning after Mia and daughter Pearl return the rental key in the Richardsons' mailbox, the youngest Richardson, Izzy, sets "little fires everywhere," destroying the family home. Following her magnificent debut, Everything I Never Told You, Ng's spectacular sophomore work again manipulates time (revealing the implosions backward) and perspectives (privileging the reader through multiple narrators). In Shaker Heights, OH, a pristine suburb where "there were rules, many rules," wealthy wife and mother of four Elena Richardson writes "terribly nice" articles for the local paper. Her tenants, Mia and Pearl, nomads who finally plan to "stay put," are soon integrated into the Richardsons' sprawling lives: teenager Pearl becomes like a fifth child, artist Mia something more than a part-time housekeeper. When Elena's close friend adopts an abandoned Chinese baby whose birth mother's return causes a community rift over custody, Elena and Mia find themselves on polarizing sides. "Everything…beautiful and perfect on the outside" crumbles, observes Izzy, the family's barometer of truth about identity, parent/child bonds, and most of all, love. The consequences will be devastating and illuminating. VERDICT Shaker Heights native Ng writes what she knows into a magnificent, multilayered epic that's perfect for eager readers and destined for major award lists. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]—Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 July #3

This novel from Ng (Everything I Never Told You) is both an intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood. When the eccentric and itinerant artist Mia Warren and her 15-year-old daughter, Pearl, move into a rental house in Shaker Heights, Ohio, one summer, neither they nor their more conventional, affluent landlords, the Richardsons, have any reason to anticipate how dangerously enmeshed the two families will become. Before long, Pearl, enthralled by her first shot at a "normal" life, is spending every day with three of the four Richardson children, Lexie, Moody, and Trip, finding a best friend, a suitor, and a lover in turn. Meanwhile, Isabelle, the youngest Richardson teenager, starts heading over to see Mia, offering to work as her assistant but really looking for an escape. As both Mrs. Richardson and Mia Warren overstep their boundaries, Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother. This is an impressive accomplishment. Agent: Julie Barer, the Book Group. (Sept.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.