Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; published 2017 by Penguin Press
It’s rare that a book covers so much ground, and does it so well. The ones that do usually become classics – like East of Eden or Gone With the Wind.
You could say this book is a coming of age story – for multiple characters – and you’d be right. You could say it’s a redemption story, and you’d be right. You could say it’s a small town epic, and you’d be right.
Mia and her daughter Pearl live a nomadic life, moving often from small town to small town so that Mia can find new inspiration for her unique photography. They finally decide to stay put in Shaker Heights, OH, so that Pearl can enjoy a more typical, stable adolescence. Shaker Heights is Stepford-esque, with perfect communities and squarely suburban residents who are basic good people and uphold the status quo. Continue Reading