Contemporary Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Quick take

Mia's creative energy intrigues the convention-bound Richardson kids even as Elena’s stability and creature-comforts attract Pearl.

Why I love it

You know the feeling: with a certain kind of novel, you suspend all disbelief from the get-go. This world, this setting, these characters, seem so real and inviting that you give yourself up to them completely—it’s a bit like falling in love.

Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere is one of those special books. Set in wealthy Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s, it’s the story of how two very differ...


From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting story set in meticulously planned Shaker Heights that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned'”from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of...

Member thoughts

71% Love
26% Like
2% Dislike
  • Allyson F.

    Kelseyville, CA

    "Very interesting study in human behavior"

  • Julie j.

    columbia, IL

    "I really enjoyed this book. It really made you think about your life and how and where you were raised, but it still was a good mystery. All the characters were interesting."

  • Michele G.

    Philadelphia, PA

    "Celeste Ng is a goddess. "

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "Really enjoyed this, especially the dynamics between parents and their children, and the character development is of a caliber I’ve rarely encountered in 3rd person narrative- highly recommend this "

  • Tabitha P.

    Bowling Green, KY

    "I thought this book was awesome. There are so many thoughts that went through my mind during the course of this book and I am still thinking about it."

  • Katee H.

    Roanoke, VA

    "A thought-provocting character driven novel that kept me wanting to finish until it was done."

  • Jenna C.

    New York, NY

    "Absolutely loved the story which kept me completely engaged. I found the characters compelling and relatable. Celeste Ng is one of my new favorite authors!"

  • Adele L.

    Carlsbad, CA

    "A fascinating look at the different levels of motherhood, what it means to give up one's uniqueness, and the pain of being a teenager. VERY well written as well as having a page turner plot. "

  • Holly B.

    Gearhart, OR

    "Ng is a master. A beautifully crafted story of identity, privilege, fertility, and culture. Fantastic. "

  • Joy G.

    St. Amant, LA

    "When you think of a book long after you’ve finished it, ya know it’s good!!!"

  • Shelbi L.

    Bryan, TX

    "Hop on the hot mess express! Nothing is as it seems, but it is ever so juicy..."