Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525498773
052549877X
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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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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Nikkelsndimes
Jul 30, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere is a slow burn book (pun intended). The character development is phenomenal and there are just enough reveals to keep you interested. But it is definitely a slow moving book, despite the excitement and intrigue of the opening chapter. The theme that I most took away from this book was the exploration of what exactly defines a mother or a family. I thought it was a beautiful book that is incredibly well written and has depth I'm sure I still haven't even full wrapped my head around. Great read, but do go into it with a readiness to deeply invest in knowing the characters rather than follow a fast paced plot.

TSCPL_Miranda Jul 30, 2018

Powerful! Ng is such a skillful writer. Motherhood, and the question of what makes a good mother, is at the heart of this book. The story also raises questions about privilege, class, and racial discrimination, all in a completely immersive story that won't let you go until the end. I waited months on hold for this book, and it was worth it!

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437w59th
Jul 10, 2018

I read this book as part of a book group. For the first time I can recall, none of the members of the group liked the book. Strange, because usually at least one of us disagrees with the others! It was difficult to determine which of the many characters was the subject of the book. It was disjointed, had too many themes and tried to cover every type of social problem, without delving deeply into any of them. The characters were flat. It was difficult to feel empathy for any of them. The ending wasn't satisfactory.

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jeanie123
Jul 04, 2018

I think the author was trying a bit too hard with this book to be all things to all audiences. It is quite the commentary, attempting the lofty subjects of inter-racial relationships, foreign adoptions, teen angst, surrogacy, perfectionism, the artistic mind, motherhood and fertility struggles, those who conform and those who are outliers, family secrets, loss, the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell others. It is well-written but meanderingly pointless in my opinion. The book is set in the 1990's and I enjoyed that bit of nostalgia, particularly because there are a lot of teenagers in this book but no mobile phones or social media. Remember when?

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talk2terih
Jun 26, 2018

First and foremost, author Ng is a marvelous writer. Her craft is impeccable. The characters in this book are so real that you will swear you have met them and known them somewhere.
This book is a study of motherhood, of all of the things motherhood is and is not, of how we mother and of how we fail to do so.
Secondarily it is about family, what defines a family, and how families interrelate. Although Ng focuses primarily on her female characters, her male characters are beautifully drawn and relatable. While they are slightly more stereotypical than the females (the jock, the angtsty brainiac, the diversity boyfriend, the dad, the frightened adoptive father, the hopeful surrogate father), they are still largely sympathetic characters that you can like and root for. And nearly all of them experience growth as the story unfolds.
Each character and each family has its flaws and strengths. None of these are bad people. Each is well-intentioned, but their POVs and opinions differ, and it is at these myriad points of contention that the wheel of this story turns.
This book is an exceptionally beautiful piece of work on many levels and I will look forward eagerly to future works by this author.

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tjdickey
Jun 25, 2018

The characters and the web of their relationships will draw you in - each balances differently on the edge of control over their more volatile side (which is utterly human), and each experiences different paths to negotiate between ideals and reality. The story offers a window onto Shaker Heights (Cleveland), as a poignant suburban incarnation of the exact same tension between ideals and the messiness of human reality. Passion and propriety, the prismatic shifts of adolescent growing pains, the burden of others' expectations upon us, and the numberless facets of belonging to a community, a culture, a family - all smolder within different visions of mother-daughter relationships.

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Kdozer
Jun 24, 2018

It starts slow, picking up the pace until it becomes a unstoppable page turner. I loved it and found the characters and story complex and believable. Ng is compassionate and insightful about the complexities of humans.

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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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