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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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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
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
Sphere

You Found Me

Virginia Macgregor
Authors:
Virginia Macgregor

A promise made in haste. A search for lost memories. Three lives changed forever.Early one morning, Isabel and her eleven-year-old daughter River are walking across Regents Park when they come across a distraught-looking man sitting on a bench. They ask him if he's OK, but he doesn't know the answer. In fact he doesn't know the answer to any of their questions - he doesn't even know his name. Urged on by her daughter, Isabel takes the man to hospital and hopes that will be the end of it. But when the tests show there's nothing physically wrong with him, and yet he still can't remember who he is, she realises she can't walk away. With no ID on him, she will have to call the authorities but there's a look of fear in the man's eyes and she knows that's the last thing he wants. Isabel begins to worry about what he might be hiding about his past but she also made a promise to River that they would help this man. Can they trust him? And how far is she prepared to go to keep her word to her only child?

Sphere

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!'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!

Little, Brown

The Killing Habit

Mark Billingham
Authors:
Mark Billingham
Hachette Audio

84K

Claire North
Authors:
Claire North

'AN EXTRAORDINARY NOVEL . . . stands with the best of dystopian fiction, from Nineteen Eighty Four to The Chrysalids, with dashes of The Handmaid's Tale' Cory Doctorow***CLAIRE NORTH HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES/PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD***From one of the most original new voices in modern fiction comes a startling vision of a world where nothing is so precious that it can't be bought . . .Theo Miller knows the value of human life - to the very last penny. Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it's different. This is one death he can't let become merely an entry on a balance sheet. Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don't add up.From the award-winning Claire North comes an electrifying and provocative new novel which will resonate with readers around the world. Praise for Claire North:'Poignant and intensely gripping' Guardian'Little short of a masterpiece' Independent'Ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache' Sunday Times'One of the fiction highlights of the decade' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

Dialogue Books

The Leavers

Lisa Ko
Authors:
Lisa Ko
Piatkus

Absent in the Spring

Carrie Elks
Authors:
Carrie Elks

'A great feel-good romance, with likable and endearing characters' ***** Goodreads reviewer'Simply a wonderful read.' A Spoonful of Happy Endings'The perfect book to snuggle up with' Rachale's ReadsLosing control never felt so good . . .A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, most particularly herself - until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish.Lachlan's hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother and there's no way he's going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he's in trouble.Despite their efforts to resist, it isn't long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland, to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can't help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CARRIE ELKS:'Fresh, fun, smart and authentic' Heat Magazine'An amazing romance that will captivate your imagination and warm your heart.' Mad About Books'If you're after a book to get lost in, to step inside a world of characters you will adore, then this is the book for you.' Whispering Stories Book Blog'I loved the characters, I loved the plot... and I loved the London and New York settings. It really was a marvellous read!' Leah Loves'An excellent novel.' Shaz's Book Blog'A sexy, addictive romance worthy of big screen triumphs.' Kraftireader'Perfect for a cold winter's afternoon.' Linda's Book Bag'A magical, festive love story' Susan Scott'A wonderful, captivating romantic story.' Chicklit Club'Will stay with me for quite some time to come . . . Simply a wonderful read.' A Spoonful of Happy EndingsFall in love with THE SHAKESPEARE SISTERS:Summer's LeaseA Winter's TaleAbsent in the Spring

Hachette Audio

Everything About You

Heather Child
Authors:
Heather Child

'Black Mirror meets Gone Girl' -Rosamund Lupton, Sunday Times and Richard and Judy bestsellerTHINK TWICE BEFORE YOU SHARE YOUR LIFE ONLINE.Freya has a new virtual assistant. It knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister's. It adopts her sister's personality, recreating her through a life lived online. But this virtual version of her sister knows things it shouldn't be possible to know. It's almost as if the missing girl is still out there somewhere, feeding fresh updates into the cloud. But that's impossible. Isn't it?'A compelling, terrifying and stunningly assured debut' -Gareth L. Powell'Exquisitely plausible and insidiously chilling' -M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts'Gone Girl for the VR generation' -StarburstWith twists and turns you'll never see coming, Everything About You is a thrilling debut showing a chilling vision of a future that's just around the corner. You'll never look at your privacy settings in the same way again . . .The world of Everything About You is closer than you think:* Right now, the average child features in over 1,500 online photographs by the age of five* By 2025, you will interact with connected devices nearly 5,000 times per day * Today there are already companies who will collect your data so that your relatives can interact with your 'digital doppelganger' after you die.

Fleet

Girls Burn Brighter

Shobha Rao
Authors:
Shobha Rao
Little, Brown US

Mrs.

Caitlin Macy
Authors:
Caitlin Macy
Fleet

Saints for all Occasions

J. Courtney Sullivan
Authors:
J. Courtney Sullivan

Nora and Theresa Flynn are twenty-one and seventeen when they leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America. Nora is the responsible sister; she's shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn't sure that she loves. Theresa is gregarious; she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street. But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan - a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand. Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children: John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant; Bridget, privately preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend; Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career; and Patrick, Nora's favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache. Estranged from her sister and cut off from the world, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont. Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago. A supremely moving novel, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.

Hachette Australia

Secrets Between Friends

Fiona Palmer
Authors:
Fiona Palmer
Virago

Crewe Train

Rose Macaulay
Authors:
Rose Macaulay

Denham Dobie has been brought up in Andorra by her father, a retired clergyman. On his death, she is snatched from this reclusive life and thrown into the social whirl of London by her sophisticated relatives. Denham, however, provides a candid response to the niceties of 'civilised' behaviour. CREWE TRAIN is one of Macaulay's wittiest satires. The reactions of Denham to the manners and modes of the highbrow circle in which she finds herself provide a devastating - and very funny - social commentary as well as a moving story.This bitingly funny, elegantly written comedy of manners is as absorbing and entertaining today as on the book's first publication in 1967.

Piatkus

The Last Romeo

Justin Myers
Authors:
Justin Myers

'If you liked Bridget Jones's Diary, try this' BBC News'So funny and sharp, yet tender and emotional too. I loved it!' Jill Mansell'I adored The Last Romeo . . . funny, clever and warm' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt*****James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she's moving to Russia.Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo.After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he's always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo . . . From Justin Myers, author of sensational blog The Guyliner, this razor-sharp and cringingly candid account of one man's quest for The One is as sad, fearless and funny as dating itself.*****'Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones's Diary in this sharp and pacey queer rom-com gone wrong for the digital age' Attitude'We can't remember the last time there was this much buzz in the literary world over a same-sex love story' Indy100'It's Bridget Jones meets Gossip Girl, and if you loved those, you'll adore this' Look Magazine'Myers is a natural raconteur and The Last Romeo is replete with the sharp wit and tenderness that made The Guyliner such a success' Sydney Morning Herald'Extremely funny, with real heart, depth and resonance' Daisy Buchanan'Warm, witty, wicked and wonderful . . . What an amazing debut' John Marrs, author of The One'Justin's writing is razor-sharp and so funny . . . I inhaled it in one sitting' Francesca Hornak, author of Seven Days of Us'Hilarious and insightful, The Last Romeo is the perfect blend of heart, spark and snark' Isabel Costello, Literary Sofa'Predictably wise, beautifully written and enormous fun' Marina O'Loughlin

Sphere

The Girl in the Ice

Robert Bryndza
Authors:
Robert Bryndza

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice . . . She is not the only one. When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong... resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she's faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again? A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza's new series today - at a special launch price.Read what people are saying about The Girl in the Ice:'I freakin' LOVED it! . . . Once in a while a book stops you in your tracks . . . this is THAT book!' Crime Book Junkie'I loved, loved, loved this book and Erika Foster is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, tenacious, direct and passionate...I found the writing tight, evocative and enthralling. I CAN NOT wait for the next installment.' Angela Marsons'A non-stop, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a thriller!The ending, oh the ending! My mind is still blown! This book does not disappoint!' The Book Addicted Boy'Oh my gosh!...gripping, grimy, hardcore, thrilling...I was hooked!!!...I loved this book...You Have GOT To Read This!' A Page of Fictional Love'An intriguing web of lies, secrets and suspense. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Foster and am already looking forward to the next book.' Mel Sherratt'A compelling read - once you've started, it's hard to put down.' Rachel Abbott'Hands-down, one of the most exciting, dramatic, tense and compelling thrillers that I think I have ever read.' Bookaholic Confessions'Absolute perfection!...Boy are there some sharp turns! There were a few moments when I felt like I had it all figured out and I was so wrong! Fantastic book!...' The Eternal Optimist'The Girl In The Ice is a brilliantly clever crime thriller...Had me hurtling at full speed, until WHAM!!!! with an ending that just totally blew me away! An absolute must read for all you crime fanatics out there.' By The Letter Book Reviews'Engaging, thought provoking, full of suspense this is one murder mystery you won't want to miss.' Erisea Magazine'With a great plot that really digs into the depths of human nature and some fascinating characters that really were excessive shades of light and dark...The book keeps you guessing and on edge, you will think you have it ALL worked out, but the twisty reveal was very impressive, loved it.' Book Lover Cat Lady'I found myself racing through the chapters...it has plenty of twists and turns, with enough red herrings to keep the reader captivated to the very last page, it's addictive, compulsive and much more.' The Book Review Café

Constable

The Girl in the Green Dress

Cath Staincliffe
Authors:
Cath Staincliffe

How far would you go to protect your child? Can you really keep them safe? What if who they are puts them at risk? And what if they have blood on their hands?Teenager Allie Kennaway heads off for prom night, cheered on by her dad Steve and little sister Teagan. But Allie never comes home, beaten to death in an apparent hate crime because of her transgender identity. As police investigate the brutal murder, a crime that has appalled the country, one parent is at her wit's end with her son's behaviour. Are his outbursts and silences hiding something much darker than adolescent mood swings? And if her suspicions are correct, then what does she do? Another parent will fight tooth and nail to save his boy from the full force of the law. After all, blood is thicker than water and everyone should look after their own. But if he succeeds then Allie and her family will never get the justice they deserve.A groundbreaking story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, in a world of change.

Little, Brown

The House of Unexpected Sisters

Alexander McCall Smith
Authors:
Alexander McCall Smith
Sphere

All That She Can See

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Authors:
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Piatkus

Come Sundown

Nora Roberts
Authors:
Nora Roberts

Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWNBodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time...But when a young woman's body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine's family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine's Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice's mysterious disappearance? As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth - before the sun sets on their future together.

Little, Brown

A Distant View of Everything

Alexander McCall Smith
Authors:
Alexander McCall Smith
Hachette Audio

On the Other Side

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Authors:
Carrie Hope Fletcher

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE STAR OF THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL.'Reminded me so much of Cecelia Ahern' Ali McNamara'Utterly enchanting' Jill MansellYour soul is too heavy to pass through this door, Leave the weight of the world in the world from beforeEvie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won't open.Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it's too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved . . .On the Other Side will transport you to a world that is impossible to forget. Powerful, magical and utterly romantic, this is a love story like no other from everyone's favourite 'big sister', Carrie Hope Fletcher.