Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

Book - 2017
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"Traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2017
ISBN: 9780735224292
Branch Call Number: FIC Ng
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fires everywhere

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"You might ask yourself whether we really need yet another novel focusing on family dynamics and long-held secrets set in a picture-perfect suburb in Middle America – but the answer in this case is definitely yes. Every single character is crucial to the story, which itself is remarkably tig... Read More »


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lizhulleman
Nov 02, 2018

good book not really good writing but a good story
upper class family artist woman and teenage daughter who move a lot
become friends
bebe gives up her baby daughter friend adopt wants her back kidnaps leaves for china
artist and daughter leave town
daughter burns down their house

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dkoa
Oct 31, 2018

Some writers just pull me in from page 1 with their words and characters and story telling. Celeste Ng is one of them. I enjoyed her debut novel and decided to watch out for her next books. I was not disappointed. This is not a detective story but I was so intrigued and couldn't put the book down and even stayed up late reading it. Her characters are full and there's never stark black or white, always grey, making them very human. After I finished the book, I told myself, it is not full of twists like Gone Girl or A Simple Favor and I actually prefer this one more as it is more believable.
I look forward to more of Celeste's books in the future.

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emilycard10
Oct 29, 2018

A really interesting read about the American suburb dream in the 1990s. The fluid perspectives throughout the novel flowed seamlessly and really captured the voice of every character. This is truly a wholesome novel about family. Would recommend!

CMLibrary_sdeason Oct 23, 2018

This book is perfect for the 30/40 somethings who grew up in the 1990's. From pagers to pranks, you can identify with the teen siblings, but recognize the conflict in the adults. Great for a book club!

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batlibrarian
Oct 16, 2018

Incredible novel filled with darkness and nostalgia. Can't wait for the series adaptation!

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Linyarai
Oct 16, 2018

It was interesting, but overall I felt it was a bit lacking. Some points had me really excited to see what was happening next and there were a few twists, but otherwise it just kind of drifted.

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Joannnoll
Oct 02, 2018

I found this story to be both captivating and worth reading. Makes one think about how we raise our own children and how we influence the other children we meet.

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mnack_0
Aug 21, 2018

Ms Ng is a modern day Jane Austen. She understands her subjects well and writes about them brilliantly. She doesn't try to overreach by taking on too large of a subject - and yet in her careful analysis covers all the major themes of modern living. Fabulous writer!

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erikamcauliffe
Aug 15, 2018

Stunning book. I did not want it to end. Intriguing, human, complex rich story. Highly recommend.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Aug 12, 2018

Liked the characters, but the ending was a disappointment. Maybe there is sequel in the works.

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TheBookWitch Apr 14, 2018

"To a parent, your child wasn't just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she'd been and the child she'd become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again." p. 122

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“…his life had been divided into a before and an after, and he would always be comparing the two.” - p. 21

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“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. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generation to the next, like an Olympic torch. Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame; a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze. Carefully controlled. Domesticated. Happy in captivity. The key, she thought, was to avoid conflagration.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Rules existed for a reason: if you followed them, you would succeed; if you didn't, you might burn the world to the ground.” - p. 161

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“One had followed the rules, and one had not. But the problem with rules... was that they implied a right way and a wrong way to do things. When, in fact, most of the time they were simply ways, none of them quite wrong or quite right, and nothing to tell you for sure what side of the line you stood on.” - p. 269

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cknightkc
Jan 30, 2018

“Sometimes, just when you think everything’s gone, you find a way… Like after a prairie fire… It seems like the end of the world. The earth is all scorched and black and everything green is gone. But after the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow… People are like that, too, you know. They start over. They find a way.” - p. 295

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Mar 04, 2018

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