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Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng

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A compulsive, brilliant novel about race, identity, family and secrets for fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.

'I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year' John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

'To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears' Reese Witherspoon

The brilliant new novel by the author of the New York Times bestseller, Everything I Never Told You.

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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 principal is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family - and Mia's.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

Biographical Notes

Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Hopwood Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the American Library Association's Alex Award. She is a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • ISBN: 9781408709726
  • Publication date: 14 Sep 2017
  • Page count: 352
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Little Fires Everywhere is a straight-up thriller...From the beginning, Ng's confident use of the omniscient voice signals that this is a writer in total control...While the plot whisks you breathlessly along, it lays out the bones of a debate about race and parenthood — Sunday Times, Pick of the Paperbacks
Just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and now I feel bereft — Nigella Lawson
Just read it. It's a masterclass in characterisation. Outstanding — Matt Haig
To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears — Reese Witherspoon
I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year — John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars
Little Fires Everywhere is already setting America ablaze...it held me completely, from start to finish - held me in the sense that even when I wasn't reading it, some part of my head was straining to find out where it would lead next...what will absolutely ensure the success of this book is that while the plot whisks you breathlessly along, it lays out the bones of a debate about race and parenthood - a debate in which Ng deftly, dutifully ensures that everyone has a point — Sunday Times
A burning house sparks tensions within an all-too-perfect suburban community in a story exploring race, identity and family secrets...She manages the impressive feat of allowing us simultaneously to sink into the world she creates and boggle at its naivety and self-satisfaction...At the same time, the pace and structure of the story keep us turning the pages...This is a novel that convinces and compels; it's a pleasure to read — Guardian, Book of the Day
The book of the moment — India Knight, Sunday Times
A free spirit shakes up a complacent community in this wry, beautifully observed novel...One of Ng's strengths is that she makes virtue and normality as fascinating as venality and eccentricity...It is beautifully written — The Times
It's hard to sum up in this limited space just how fabulous this book is - but trust us, you do not want to miss it. It explores mother-daughter relationships, teen angst, race, love and more, and there's a rumbling corker of a plot twist....Totally unforgettable — Heat's Unmissables
The must-read: Take a break from screen time with the hot (literally) new release from Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere. About the arrival of a mysterious mother-daughter duo to white picket suburbia, it's a bona-fide page-turner — Elle UK
The story is brilliantly told, Ng's bright prose glowing with warmth and wisdom as she delves into the complexities of motherhood, convention and creativity — Sunday Express
Little Fires Everywhere brims with unexpected diversions and riches...Like Sue Monk Kidd or Madeleine Thien, Celeste Ng has a carpenter's sure touch in constructing nested, interconnected plots, There are few novelists writing today who are as wise, compassionate and unsparing as Ng, about the choices you make, the ones you don't, and the price you might pay for missed lives — Financial Times
Celeste Ng's second book should have been on next year's best novels list, but it was so successful in America that its UK publisher brought it forward several months. Shaker Heights, a complacent Ohio suburb, is shaken up by the arrival of the bohemian photographer Mia Warren. Arson and a child custody battle ensue. It's a gripping read and is sure to become a book club staple (if it's not already). It has the celebrity stamp of approval too: Reese Witherspoon is making it into a mini-series — The Times, Best Fiction in 2017
Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown) is the second novel from Celeste Ng and manages to combine a thought-provoking story of race, belonging, motherhood and the cracked face of smug liberalism with the pace of a page-turner — Mariella Frostrup, the Observer Books of the Year 2017
Beginning with a house fire set by a teenager, the flames quickly spread across Celeste Ng's suburban idyll in Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown), a sharp and nuanced tale of race and family in 1990s America — Paula Hawkins, the Observer Books of the Year 2017
Ng sets up the story of two opposing families - one, the all-American dream; one, the bohemian idyll - and lets it rip. Jealousies, parental insecurity, teenage dreams and a small amount of arson all come to the surface in what has to be one of the best books of 2017. Our advice is to pick it up and read in one glorious night — Emerald St, Best Books of November
There's a huge buzz everywhere about Little Fires Everywhere on both sides of the Atlantic...Celeste Ng nails mother-daughter tensions perfectly...It's well-paced, mesmerising and likely to make you cry — Good Housekeeping Book of the Month
I'm currently telling anyone who'll listen that Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere is one of my favourite books of 2017...Imagine Jane Austen transported to an upper middle-class suburb of nineties Ohio and you're on the right lines of Ng's incredible second book (her first, Everything I Never Told You, was named Amazon's book of 2014). ...Moving at a cracking pace with a central mystery to keep you hooked, Ng proves herself to be an artist at the height of her writing powers... this is The Great American Novel we've been waiting for. 5/5* THE VERDICT: Little Fires Everywhere is a must-read...Celeste Ng's dazzling second book wins this week. Having already wowed the US - fans included Roxane Gay, Judy Blume and Reese Witherspoon - buzz is building here. Scrap your next book club title, and get your hands on a copy of this — Stylist, Francesca Brown, Book Wars
Ng paces her narrative like a pro, consummately entwining multiple threads until each and every character is implicated in the denouement. Deeply satisfying to read — Independent
Celeste Ng is as hot right now as the title of her new novel. And Little Fires Everywhere is truly deserving of all the hype — Red online, Best Books to Read this November
My final recommendation of a book out in 2017 is Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, one of my favourite novels of the year..Ng is brilliant at crafting an all-consuming world, and I found her exploration of whether family is biology or love fascinating — Stylist
Beautifully written...A fantastic read and one of HELLO!'s books of the year — Hello
Ng pulls the reader deep into the seams of her character's individual lives and the result is a sumptuous feat of storytelling that satisfies on almost every level — Metro
Go to bed. Start reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and it's so good I don't even pretend I'm going to get an early night — Alix Walker, Stylist
This brilliant novel blazes from the first page...a custody battle over a disputed adoption is at the heart of the story but it's only one strand of an intricate plot that slowly burns through to an emotional conclusion. Fantastic stuff — Sunday Mirror
Parenting, politics, race and devastating secrets...the stage is set for a drama that will have you thinking long after the last page — Grazia
Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience, not unlike watching a neighbour's house burn....[Ng's] is a thrillingly democratic use of omniscience, and, for a novel about class, race, family and the dangers of the status quo, brilliantly apt — New York Times Book Review
This wise and wonderful book is compulsively readable — Psychologies
Ruthlessly dissecting families, motherhood and teens in one of the books of 2017 — Emerald St
Once again, the plotting and pacing are nearly perfect, the characters believable and real. Ng is a master of family and societal dynamics, shifting perspectives, and the secrets that we try to protect - and readers who loved her debut will recognize the author in this second novel, even as she continues to stretch herself as a writer. We are now eagerly awaiting her next novel — An Amazon.com Best Book of September 2017
This novel is all about burning your world down and I loved it. There are lots of issues around identity, class and curiosity, especially during high school. It captures the wonder of being in someone else's world and realizing it doesn't remotely compare to what you thought was the norm for everyone. And the anger. I thought it was a brilliant take on growing up and the powerless feeling of being a teenager and waiting to start real life — iNews
Delectable and engrossing...A complex and compulsively readable suburban saga that is deeply invested in mothers and daughters...What Ng has written, in this thoroughly entertaining novel, is a pointed and persuasive social critique, teasing out the myriad forms of privilege and predation that stand between so many people and their achievement of the American dream. But there is a heartening optimism, too. This is a book that believes in the transformative powers of art and genuine kindness - and in the promise of new growth, even after devastation, even after everything has turned to ash — Boston Globe
Little Fires Everywhere brilliantly traces the fault lines of race and class that run beneath a small town...[and] echoes several themes from Ng's lauded 2014 best-seller, Everything I Never Told You, tracing the fault lines of race, class, and secrecy that run beneath a small Midwestern town. And again, calamity shatters a placid surface on the first page — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
Riveting...unearthing the ways that race, class, motherhood and belonging intersect to shape each individual...Perhaps Ng's most impressive feat is inviting the reader's forgiveness for Mrs. Richardson - a woman whose own mission for perfection, and strict adherence to rules ultimately become the catalyst for the maelstrom that ensues — Chicago Tribune
Stellar...The plot is tightly structured, full of echoes and convergence, the characters bound together by a growing number of thick, overlapping threads....Ng is a confident, talented writer, and it's a pleasure to inhabit the lives of her characters and experience the rhythms of Shaker Heights through her clean, observant prose. Before she became an author she was a miniaturist - almost too perfect for a writer of suburban fiction - and there's a lovely, balanced, dioramic quality to this novel. She toggles between multiple points of view, creating a narrative both broad in scope and fine in detail, all while keeping the story moving at a thriller's pace — LA Times
A riveting novel that pits a self-satisfied upper-middle-class blue blood against a struggling single-mom photographer — O Magazine, 'Ten Titles to Pick Up Now'
A wealthy surburban family watch their house burn as their bohemian best friends leave town for good. Opposites attract and also ignite in this thoughtful novel — People magazine, The Best Books of Fall
The literary community has seized on the book as a major 2017 release. Fault in Our Stars author John Green shared a rave: "I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng," he tweeted Sunday. "Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year. Anyone else read it?" Acclaimed young novelist Esmé Weijun Wang called it an "impeccable, beautiful book," and Roxane Gay said directly to Ng last month, "I love your writing and am a fan." Bestselling authors Judy Blume and Caroline Leavitt, among many others, have also sung Little Fires Everywhere's praises on social media — Entertainment Weekly, Books
Like Everything I Never Told You, Ng's excellent debut, the book plots its way into a smart, accessible conversation about race and class. But free of the restraints of Everything's thriller construction, Little Fires gives Ng the space and patience to confront how progressive-minded communities approach identity — GQ.com
A quiet but powerful look at family, secrets, and running from the past. Once again, Ng has delivered a near-perfect novel — BookRiot
I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng's writing - and unsettled by the mirror held up to one's own beliefs. — Jodi Picoult
Witty, wise and tender. It's a marvel — Paula Hawkins, author of Girl on a Train and Into the Water
Little Fires Everywhere takes us deep into other people's homes and lives and darkest corners. Along the way, Celeste Ng is always witty, engrossing, unsparing and original — Meg Wolitzer
Totally absorbing, each character drawn so well it makes it impossible to decide whose side you're on — Marie Claire
And so begins the build-up to the devastating conclusion - "little fires everywhere." Ng's uncanny ability to embody multiple viewpoints makes for a powerful, revelatory novel — bbc.com
Takes unerring aim at upper-middle-class America's blind spots...a nuanced study of mothers and daughters and the burden of not belonging to our families or our communities — Vogue
Ng's best-selling first novel Everything I Never Told You proved her deft hand at crafting family dramas with the deep-rooted tension of a thriller, a skill she puts to pitch-perfect effect in her latest entry...that is equal parts simmering and soulful — HarpersBazaar.com
One of the best novels of the fall is an emotional tale about motherhood, class and so much more... Everything I Never Told You, was good, but this is better — AARP.org
A captivating examination of motherhood, identity, family, privilege, and community — Buzzfeed
Both an intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood...As both Mrs. Richardson and Mia Warren overstep their boundaries, Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother. This is an impressive accomplishment — Publishers Weekly starred review
This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright... As in Everything I Never Told You, Ng conjures a sense of place and displacement and shows a remarkable ability to see - and reveal - a story from different perspectives. The characters she creates here are wonderfully appealing, and watching their paths connect - like little trails of flame leading inexorably toward one another to create a big inferno - is mesmerizing, casting into new light ideas about creativity and consumerism, parenthood and privilege. With her second novel, Ng further proves she's a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America — Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Ng's stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest. Ng's debut, Everything I Never Told You (2015), was a book-group staple. Laden with themes of loyalty and betrayal, honesty and trust, her latest tour de force should prove no less popular — Booklist, starred review
Spectacular...A magnificent, multilayered epic that's perfect for eager readers and destined for major award lists — Library Journal (starred review)
As I read Celeste Ng's second novel I found myself thinking, again and again: how does she know so much? About all of us? How does she write with such perception, such marvelous grace, such daring and generosity? Little Fires Everywhere has the irresistible pace of an expertly tuned thriller, and the observational brilliance of lasting literature. It marks Celeste Ng as a writer of the first rank, among the very best in her generation - right there with Zadie Smith and Jacqueline Woodson. I was mad for this book — Joe Hill, author of The Fireman
Yes, it's the story of one Ohio town, but Little Fires Everywhere is not that familiar tale of the underside of the American suburb. It's a powerful work about parenthood and politics, adolescent strife and artistic ambition, and the stark choice between conformity and community. Celeste Ng possesses the remarkable ability to write about the most serious of subjects with the lightest possible touch — Rumaan Alam, author of Rich and Pretty
Little Fires Everywhere is a dazzlingly protean work - a comedy of manners that doubles as a social novel and reads like a thriller. By turns wry, heart-rending and gimlet-eyed, it confirms Celeste Ng's genius for gripping literary fiction — Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes
As if it wasn't totally obvious from her stunning first novel, Little Fires Everywhere showcases what makes Celeste Ng such a masterful writer. The way she examines the complexity of place, and the people who inhabit that place, is some of the most virtuosic, compelling, and wise storytelling that I've seen in a long time. By looking so closely at this community, she opens up the entire world, and it's an amazing experience — Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang and Perfect Little World
Beautifully written, wry rather than supercilious, with plenty of little cliffhangers — The Times
Little Fires Everywhere is one of those books. One that you give to your mum and your best friend and your sister-in-law on their birthdays. Incidentally, it's also one of those books that Reese Witherspoon buys the rights to so she can turn it into a TV show starring her and Kerry Washington . . . This novel is a beautiful and complicated story about family, growing up and the secrets you keep from the world. But mostly, Little Fires Everywhere is about what, exactly, it means to be a mother — Lily Peschardt, The Pool
This compelling novel is a pleasure to read — Guardian
An intricate story of family, motherhood, friendship and finding where we belong — Grazia
A drama that keeps building and building, this is one novel you won't be able to put down. If you need more convincing, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington recently announced plans to adapt the novel for TV - so get in there before it becomes an Emmy-winner! — Hello
Little Fires Everywhere is a straight-up thriller...From the beginning, Ng's confident use of the omniscient voice signals that this is a writer in total control...While the plot whisks you breathlessly along, it lays out the bones of a debate about race and parenthood
Just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and now I feel bereft
Just read it. It's a masterclass in characterisation. Outstanding
To say I love this book is an understatement. It's a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears
I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year
Little Fires Everywhere is already setting America ablaze...it held me completely, from start to finish - held me in the sense that even when I wasn't reading it, some part of my head was straining to find out where it would lead next...what will absolutely ensure the success of this book is that while the plot whisks you breathlessly along, it lays out the bones of a debate about race and parenthood - a debate in which Ng deftly, dutifully ensures that everyone has a point
A burning house sparks tensions within an all-too-perfect suburban community in a story exploring race, identity and family secrets...She manages the impressive feat of allowing us simultaneously to sink into the world she creates and boggle at its naivety and self-satisfaction...At the same time, the pace and structure of the story keep us turning the pages...This is a novel that convinces and compels; it's a pleasure to read
The book of the moment
A free spirit shakes up a complacent community in this wry, beautifully observed novel...One of Ng's strengths is that she makes virtue and normality as fascinating as venality and eccentricity...It is beautifully written
It's hard to sum up in this limited space just how fabulous this book is - but trust us, you do not want to miss it. It explores mother-daughter relationships, teen angst, race, love and more, and there's a rumbling corker of a plot twist....Totally unforgettable
The must-read: Take a break from screen time with the hot (literally) new release from Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere. About the arrival of a mysterious mother-daughter duo to white picket suburbia, it's a bona-fide page-turner
The story is brilliantly told, Ng's bright prose glowing with warmth and wisdom as she delves into the complexities of motherhood, convention and creativity
Little Fires Everywhere brims with unexpected diversions and riches...Like Sue Monk Kidd or Madeleine Thien, Celeste Ng has a carpenter's sure touch in constructing nested, interconnected plots, There are few novelists writing today who are as wise, compassionate and unsparing as Ng, about the choices you make, the ones you don't, and the price you might pay for missed lives
Celeste Ng's second book should have been on next year's best novels list, but it was so successful in America that its UK publisher brought it forward several months. Shaker Heights, a complacent Ohio suburb, is shaken up by the arrival of the bohemian photographer Mia Warren. Arson and a child custody battle ensue. It's a gripping read and is sure to become a book club staple (if it's not already). It has the celebrity stamp of approval too: Reese Witherspoon is making it into a mini-series
Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown) is the second novel from Celeste Ng and manages to combine a thought-provoking story of race, belonging, motherhood and the cracked face of smug liberalism with the pace of a page-turner
Beginning with a house fire set by a teenager, the flames quickly spread across Celeste Ng's suburban idyll in Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown), a sharp and nuanced tale of race and family in 1990s America
Ng sets up the story of two opposing families - one, the all-American dream; one, the bohemian idyll - and lets it rip. Jealousies, parental insecurity, teenage dreams and a small amount of arson all come to the surface in what has to be one of the best books of 2017. Our advice is to pick it up and read in one glorious night
There's a huge buzz everywhere about Little Fires Everywhere on both sides of the Atlantic...Celeste Ng nails mother-daughter tensions perfectly...It's well-paced, mesmerising and likely to make you cry
I'm currently telling anyone who'll listen that Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere is one of my favourite books of 2017...Imagine Jane Austen transported to an upper middle-class suburb of nineties Ohio and you're on the right lines of Ng's incredible second book (her first, Everything I Never Told You, was named Amazon's book of 2014). ...Moving at a cracking pace with a central mystery to keep you hooked, Ng proves herself to be an artist at the height of her writing powers... this is The Great American Novel we've been waiting for. 5/5* THE VERDICT: Little Fires Everywhere is a must-read...Celeste Ng's dazzling second book wins this week. Having already wowed the US - fans included Roxane Gay, Judy Blume and Reese Witherspoon - buzz is building here. Scrap your next book club title, and get your hands on a copy of this
Ng paces her narrative like a pro, consummately entwining multiple threads until each and every character is implicated in the denouement. Deeply satisfying to read
Celeste Ng is as hot right now as the title of her new novel. And Little Fires Everywhere is truly deserving of all the hype
My final recommendation of a book out in 2017 is Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, one of my favourite novels of the year..Ng is brilliant at crafting an all-consuming world, and I found her exploration of whether family is biology or love fascinating
Beautifully written...A fantastic read and one of HELLO!'s books of the year
Ng pulls the reader deep into the seams of her character's individual lives and the result is a sumptuous feat of storytelling that satisfies on almost every level
Go to bed. Start reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and it's so good I don't even pretend I'm going to get an early night
This brilliant novel blazes from the first page...a custody battle over a disputed adoption is at the heart of the story but it's only one strand of an intricate plot that slowly burns through to an emotional conclusion. Fantastic stuff
Parenting, politics, race and devastating secrets...the stage is set for a drama that will have you thinking long after the last page
Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience, not unlike watching a neighbour's house burn....[Ng's] is a thrillingly democratic use of omniscience, and, for a novel about class, race, family and the dangers of the status quo, brilliantly apt
This wise and wonderful book is compulsively readable
Ruthlessly dissecting families, motherhood and teens in one of the books of 2017
Once again, the plotting and pacing are nearly perfect, the characters believable and real. Ng is a master of family and societal dynamics, shifting perspectives, and the secrets that we try to protect - and readers who loved her debut will recognize the author in this second novel, even as she continues to stretch herself as a writer. We are now eagerly awaiting her next novel
This novel is all about burning your world down and I loved it. There are lots of issues around identity, class and curiosity, especially during high school. It captures the wonder of being in someone else's world and realizing it doesn't remotely compare to what you thought was the norm for everyone. And the anger. I thought it was a brilliant take on growing up and the powerless feeling of being a teenager and waiting to start real life
Delectable and engrossing...A complex and compulsively readable suburban saga that is deeply invested in mothers and daughters...What Ng has written, in this thoroughly entertaining novel, is a pointed and persuasive social critique, teasing out the myriad forms of privilege and predation that stand between so many people and their achievement of the American dream. But there is a heartening optimism, too. This is a book that believes in the transformative powers of art and genuine kindness - and in the promise of new growth, even after devastation, even after everything has turned to ash
Little Fires Everywhere brilliantly traces the fault lines of race and class that run beneath a small town...[and] echoes several themes from Ng's lauded 2014 best-seller, Everything I Never Told You, tracing the fault lines of race, class, and secrecy that run beneath a small Midwestern town. And again, calamity shatters a placid surface on the first page
Riveting...unearthing the ways that race, class, motherhood and belonging intersect to shape each individual...Perhaps Ng's most impressive feat is inviting the reader's forgiveness for Mrs. Richardson - a woman whose own mission for perfection, and strict adherence to rules ultimately become the catalyst for the maelstrom that ensues
Stellar...The plot is tightly structured, full of echoes and convergence, the characters bound together by a growing number of thick, overlapping threads....Ng is a confident, talented writer, and it's a pleasure to inhabit the lives of her characters and experience the rhythms of Shaker Heights through her clean, observant prose. Before she became an author she was a miniaturist - almost too perfect for a writer of suburban fiction - and there's a lovely, balanced, dioramic quality to this novel. She toggles between multiple points of view, creating a narrative both broad in scope and fine in detail, all while keeping the story moving at a thriller's pace
A riveting novel that pits a self-satisfied upper-middle-class blue blood against a struggling single-mom photographer
A wealthy surburban family watch their house burn as their bohemian best friends leave town for good. Opposites attract and also ignite in this thoughtful novel
The literary community has seized on the book as a major 2017 release. Fault in Our Stars author John Green shared a rave: "I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng," he tweeted Sunday. "Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year. Anyone else read it?" Acclaimed young novelist Esmé Weijun Wang called it an "impeccable, beautiful book," and Roxane Gay said directly to Ng last month, "I love your writing and am a fan." Bestselling authors Judy Blume and Caroline Leavitt, among many others, have also sung Little Fires Everywhere's praises on social media
Like Everything I Never Told You, Ng's excellent debut, the book plots its way into a smart, accessible conversation about race and class. But free of the restraints of Everything's thriller construction, Little Fires gives Ng the space and patience to confront how progressive-minded communities approach identity
A quiet but powerful look at family, secrets, and running from the past. Once again, Ng has delivered a near-perfect novel
I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng's writing - and unsettled by the mirror held up to one's own beliefs.
Witty, wise and tender. It's a marvel
Little Fires Everywhere takes us deep into other people's homes and lives and darkest corners. Along the way, Celeste Ng is always witty, engrossing, unsparing and original
Totally absorbing, each character drawn so well it makes it impossible to decide whose side you're on
And so begins the build-up to the devastating conclusion - "little fires everywhere." Ng's uncanny ability to embody multiple viewpoints makes for a powerful, revelatory novel
Takes unerring aim at upper-middle-class America's blind spots...a nuanced study of mothers and daughters and the burden of not belonging to our families or our communities
Ng's best-selling first novel Everything I Never Told You proved her deft hand at crafting family dramas with the deep-rooted tension of a thriller, a skill she puts to pitch-perfect effect in her latest entry...that is equal parts simmering and soulful
One of the best novels of the fall is an emotional tale about motherhood, class and so much more... Everything I Never Told You, was good, but this is better
A captivating examination of motherhood, identity, family, privilege, and community
Both an intricate and captivating portrait of an eerily perfect suburban town with its dark undertones not-quite-hidden from view and a powerful and suspenseful novel about motherhood...As both Mrs. Richardson and Mia Warren overstep their boundaries, Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother. This is an impressive accomplishment
This incandescent portrait of suburbia and family, creativity, and consumerism burns bright... As in Everything I Never Told You, Ng conjures a sense of place and displacement and shows a remarkable ability to see - and reveal - a story from different perspectives. The characters she creates here are wonderfully appealing, and watching their paths connect - like little trails of flame leading inexorably toward one another to create a big inferno - is mesmerizing, casting into new light ideas about creativity and consumerism, parenthood and privilege. With her second novel, Ng further proves she's a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America
Ng's stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest. Ng's debut, Everything I Never Told You (2015), was a book-group staple. Laden with themes of loyalty and betrayal, honesty and trust, her latest tour de force should prove no less popular
Spectacular...A magnificent, multilayered epic that's perfect for eager readers and destined for major award lists
As I read Celeste Ng's second novel I found myself thinking, again and again: how does she know so much? About all of us? How does she write with such perception, such marvelous grace, such daring and generosity? Little Fires Everywhere has the irresistible pace of an expertly tuned thriller, and the observational brilliance of lasting literature. It marks Celeste Ng as a writer of the first rank, among the very best in her generation - right there with Zadie Smith and Jacqueline Woodson. I was mad for this book
Yes, it's the story of one Ohio town, but Little Fires Everywhere is not that familiar tale of the underside of the American suburb. It's a powerful work about parenthood and politics, adolescent strife and artistic ambition, and the stark choice between conformity and community. Celeste Ng possesses the remarkable ability to write about the most serious of subjects with the lightest possible touch
Little Fires Everywhere is a dazzlingly protean work - a comedy of manners that doubles as a social novel and reads like a thriller. By turns wry, heart-rending and gimlet-eyed, it confirms Celeste Ng's genius for gripping literary fiction
As if it wasn't totally obvious from her stunning first novel, Little Fires Everywhere showcases what makes Celeste Ng such a masterful writer. The way she examines the complexity of place, and the people who inhabit that place, is some of the most virtuosic, compelling, and wise storytelling that I've seen in a long time. By looking so closely at this community, she opens up the entire world, and it's an amazing experience
Beautifully written, wry rather than supercilious, with plenty of little cliffhangers
Little Fires Everywhere is one of those books. One that you give to your mum and your best friend and your sister-in-law on their birthdays. Incidentally, it's also one of those books that Reese Witherspoon buys the rights to so she can turn it into a TV show starring her and Kerry Washington . . . This novel is a beautiful and complicated story about family, growing up and the secrets you keep from the world. But mostly, Little Fires Everywhere is about what, exactly, it means to be a mother
This compelling novel is a pleasure to read
An intricate story of family, motherhood, friendship and finding where we belong
A drama that keeps building and building, this is one novel you won't be able to put down. If you need more convincing, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington recently announced plans to adapt the novel for TV - so get in there before it becomes an Emmy-winner!
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Lessons: Part 2

Jenny Colgan
Authors:
Jenny Colgan
Grand Central Publishing

Barbed Wire Heart

Tess Sharpe
Authors:
Tess Sharpe

Never cut the drugs--leave them pure. Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded. Family is everything--betray them and die.Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day Duke would deem her ready to take over his command. Now time's running out. A terminal cancer diagnosis leaves Duke with six months to live, and their business rivals, the Springfields, are circling. If Duke's illness is revealed, a bloody war will break out through North County and Harley will be the one left to pay the price. With her father secretly in hospice care, she makes a choice: to sabotage his business and frame Carl Springfield for it.Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: she is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win. BARBED WIRE HEART is a novel set in the mountains of rural Northern California that explores the meth trade through the eyes of a kingpin's daughter hell-bent on destroying everything her father's built in order to save her town, her life, and the battered women she protects.

Grand Central Publishing

Mr. Right-Swipe

Ricki Schultz
Authors:
Ricki Schultz
Corsair

Virgil Wander

Leif Enger
Authors:
Leif Enger

Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals?from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil's oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked American Upper Midwest by a "formidably gifted" (Chicago Tribune) master storyteller.

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Lessons: Part 1

Jenny Colgan
Authors:
Jenny Colgan
Little, Brown

The Colours of all the Cattle

Alexander McCall Smith
Authors:
Alexander McCall Smith

The latest installment from THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY seriesMma Ramotswe's friend will persuade her to stand for election to the City Council. 'We need women like her in politics,' Mma Potokwani says, 'instead of having the same old men every time . . .' To be elected, Mma Ramotswe must have a platform and some policies. She will have to canvas opinion. She will have to get Mma Makutsi's views. Her slogan is 'I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best'. Her intention is to halt the construction of the Big Fun Hotel, a dubious, flashy business near a graveyard - an act that many consider to be disrespectful. Mma Ramotswe will take the campaign as far as she can, but lurking around the corner, as ever, is the inextinguishable Violet Sephotho.

Dialogue Books

Brothers in Blood

Amer Anwar
Authors:
Amer Anwar

***WINNER OF THE CWA DEBUT DAGGER*** (Previously published as Western Fringes)A Sikh girl on the run. A Muslim ex-con who has to find her. A whole heap of trouble. Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders' yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him. But when Zaq is forced to search for his boss's runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge. With time running out and pressure mounting, can he find the missing girl before it's too late? And if he does, can he keep her - and himself - alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?

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My Sisters And Me

Lisa Dickenson
Authors:
Lisa Dickenson
Hachette Audio

This Child of Ours

Sadie Pearse
Authors:
Sadie Pearse

You know what's best for your child. Don't you? Riley Pieterson is an adventurous girl with lots of questions. There's plenty she doesn't know yet; what a human brain looks like. All the constellations in the night sky. Why others can't see her the way she sees herself. When Riley confides in her parents - Sally and Theo - that she feels uncomfortable in her own skin, a chain of events begins that changes their lives forever. Sally wants to support her daughter by helping her be who she dreams of being. Theo resists; he thinks Riley is a seven-year-old child pushing boundaries. Both believe theirs is the only way to protect Riley and keep her safe. With the wellbeing of their child at stake, Sally and Theo's relationship is pushed to breaking point. To save their family, each of them must look deeply at who they really are. A story of a marriage in crisis and a child caught in the middle, this is a beautiful novel of parents and their children, and how far we're prepared to go in the name of love.

Hachette Audio

The Mother's Bond

Denise Welch
Authors:
Denise Welch

Could a teenage mistake change everything?Kathryn Casey has a secret past. But these days she barely notices the little daily lies she tells to keep it hidden. She has a new identity now. All she wants is an orderly, predictable life that revolves around her beloved husband and children. Kathryn was once Kelly, a girl who lived on one of the roughest estates in the north and got pregnant as a teen. When she moved away, she left the past behind. Now there's a stranger in her kitchen, and he knows more about her than he is letting on. What does he want? Has he come for help or is he planning to wreck her life?Will Kathryn finally have to admit to her family that she isn't who they think she is?

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When The Curtain Falls

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Authors:
Carrie Hope Fletcher

The BRAND NEW NOVEL from Sunday Times bestselling author Carrie Hope Fletcher. Coming in July 2018!'Enchanting, evocative and utterly magical, When The Curtain Falls is a theatrical delight... I LOVED this book! Miranda Dickinson'Reminded me so much of Cecelia Ahern' Ali McNamara'Our go-to for spellbinding stories with a magical edge' Heat******Theatres have a certain kind of magic. When the curtain rises, we are all enraptured by the glare of the lights and the smell of the greasepaint but it's when the curtain falls that the real drama begins . . . In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern Cross theatre in the very heart of London's West End. Their relationship is made up of clandestine meetings and stolen moments because there is someone who will make them suffer if he discovers she is no longer 'his'. But life in the theatre doesn't always go according to plan and tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players . . . Almost seventy years later, a new production of When the Curtain Falls arrives at the theatre, bringing with it Oscar Bright and Olive Green and their budding romance. Very soon, though, strange things begin to happen and they learn about the ghost that's haunted the theatre since 1952, a ghost who can only be seen on one night of the year. Except the ghost is appearing more often and seems hell bent on sabotaging Oscar and Olive. The young couple realise they need to right that wrong from years gone by, but can they save themselves before history repeats itself and tragedy strikes once more?Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera in this spellbinding and magical story of unrequited love and revenge. When the Curtain Falls is Carrie Hope Fletcher at her romantic best - it will take your breath away. Coming in July 2018!

Dialogue Books

One More Chance

Lucy Ayrton
Authors:
Lucy Ayrton
Sphere

The Date

Louise Jensen
Authors:
Louise Jensen

Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor. Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali's life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her. Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn't recognise the face staring back at her. She can't recognise her friends and family. And she can't recognise the person who is trying to destroy her... From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister, The Gift and The Surrogate, The Date is a gripping page-turner that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep. What readers are saying about Louise Jensen:'The Date kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page . . . all too believable' Jane Corry, bestselling author of The Dead Ex'WOW I was blown away by this thriller... This book had me guessing right up to the very end. An exceptional book' Just One More Page, 5 stars'This novel was paced perfectly and I actually finished it in one day because I couldn't put it down... so addictive!' Steph and Chris Book Reviews'This book had more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, with the heart thumping feeling to go with it! If you like psychological thrillers, then definitely read this one... you will not regret it! Five Stars!' Stardust Book Reviews'My God! It's a bloody corker! An exquisite writer... Louise has completely knocked it out of the park and brought us all another amazing thriller! MY FIRST EVER GOLD STAR AWARD' Emma the Little Bookworm'I could not put this book down. I neglected all the house work and put off cooking dinner until I was finished... I loved every page' Renee Reads'Just as I thought the story was wrapping up BANG! I was hit again with another twist. Brilliant! It is chilling and sinister and yet heart-breaking and tragic, and I felt really emotional on finishing it... I can't wait to read more by Louise' Bloomin Brilliant Books'OMG I love this... one corker of a psychological thriller which ticked all the boxes for me giving it an easy 5 stars' Chelle's Book Reviews

Corsair

The Verdun Affair

Nick Dybek
Authors:
Nick Dybek

A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart.In 1920, two young Americans meet in Verdun, the city in France where one of the most devastating battles of the war was waged. Tom is an orphan from Chicago, a former ambulance driver now gathering bones from the battlefield; Sarah is an expatriate from Boston searching for the husband who wandered off from his division and hasn't been seen since. Quickly, the two fall into a complicated affair against the ghostly backdrop of the ruined city. Months later, Sarah and Tom meet again at the psychiatric ward of an Italian hospital, drawn there by the appearance of a mysterious patient the doctors call Douglas Fairbanks (after the silent film actor) - a shell-shocked soldier with no memory of who he is. At the hospital, Tom and Sarah are joined by Paul, an Austrian journalist with his own interest in the amnesiac.Each is keeping a secret; each has been shaken by the horrors of war. Decades later, Tom, now a successful screenwriter, encounters Paul by chance in LA, still grappling with the questions raised by this gorgeous and incisive novel: How to begin again after unfathomable trauma? How to love after so much loss? And who, in the end, was Douglas Fairbanks?From the bone-strewn fields of Verdun to the bombed-out cafés of Paris, from the riot-torn streets of Bologna to the riotous parties of 1950s Hollywood, The Verdun Affair is a riveting tale of romance, grief and the far-reaching consequences of a single lie.

Abacus

Less

Andrew Sean Greer
Authors:
Andrew Sean Greer
Little, Brown

Tangerine

Christine Mangan
Authors:
Christine Mangan

The perfect read for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, set in 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is a gripping psychological literary thriller.The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.Tangerine is an extraordinary debut, so tightly wound, so evocative of 1950s Tangier, and so cleverly plotted that it will leave you absolutely breathless.

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The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

Sophie Green
Authors:
Sophie Green

You are warmly invited to . . . The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club Sunday 25th June 1978, 10 o'clockRSVP to Sybil Baxter - ask the operator for 'Fairvale' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~'Brimming with atmosphere and warmth' Jenny Ashcroft, author of Island in the East'An absolute gem of a novel' Better Reading Australia In 1978, in Australia's vast and remote Northern Territory, a group of five very different women are searching for a way to connect. At Fairvale Station, Sybil is missing her absent son, while Kate, Sybil's daughter-in-law is finding it hard to adjust to her new life. In a dusty town, Sallyanne dreams of a life far removed from her troubled marriage. Della, a Texan who came to the country looking for adventure, has encountered challenges she didn't expect. And Rita, far away in Alice Springs, is working hard for the Flying Doctors. Meeting as the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, these women come together to bond over their favourite stories - and to share a few of their own. In doing so they will form friendships able to overcome incredible distances, weather all seasons and last a lifetime.'A sweet tale, and wonderfully atmospheric' Sunday Mirror'A warm hearted, generous book . . . it was a pleasure and sometimes a comfort to come back to the characters each night' Virginia McGregor, author of Before I Was Yours'Heartwarming and fulfilling' Australian Women's Weekly

Virago

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood
Authors:
Margaret Atwood
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Never Let You Go

Chevy Stevens
Authors:
Chevy Stevens

A chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense, perfect for fans of BA Paris and Clare Mackintosh.She thought she'd escaped him forever. But will he ever let her go?Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash fled into the night with her young daughter, leaving an abusive relationship behind. Her ex-husband ended up in jail and Lindsey started a new life.Now, Lindsey is older, wiser and believes she has cut all ties with the past. But when Andrew is released from prison, strange things start happening. Lindsey's new boyfriend is threatened, her home invaded and her daughter followed.Her ex-husband denies all knowledge, but Lindsey is convinced he's responsible. Because, after all, who else could it be...?'Stevens's taut writing and chilling depiction of love twisted beyond recognition make this a compelling read' Publishers Weekly, Starred Review'Disturbing, suspenseful, and just a little nerve-wracking' Library Journal

Piatkus

The Choice

Samantha King
Authors:
Samantha King