Little Fires Everywhere

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors 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 teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

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  • Shaker Heights Ohio - Setting a spark to trouble can cause a conflagration

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    Written by , Posted on at 5:19:19 PM

    An interesting and complex read this one. A mix of a complex family drama with all the dynamics of a dysfunction family and more, added to small-town politics. A character driven novel with each character carefully crafted and described. The book starts off with the fire and the rest of the book goes back to see the lead up to such an event. There are many small fires in this book of dysfunctional people, relationships and more. Izzy has disappeared and she is suspected of arson. The mix of the Richardson’s, Mia and Pearl was a very interesting interweaving of stories and emotions. When you add in the story of the Chinese baby being adopted by a rich white family despite having a poor birth mother, things get very emotional and highly charged. So, not a book for those who really want to get a sense of small communities, issues which pervade communities of all shapes, sizes and colours. Shaker Heights is very much shaken by the end of these stories and I think many readers will be as well. The line between good and evil is not where you think.