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Little Fires Everywhere Audiobook

Little Fires Everywhere

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times Top 10 Best Seller

The brilliant new novel from the author of the New York Times best seller 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 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 old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost....

©2017 Celeste Ng (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

What the Critics Say

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

"Witty, wise and tender. It's a marvel." (Paula Hawkins)

"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)

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    Suswati 11/11/2017
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    "An evocative and complex portrait of suburbia"

    A highly readable, wonderfully absorbing tale about motherhood, secrets and lies, set in the affluent, verdant perfection of Shaker Heights - a purpose built suburb on the edge of Cleveland, Ohio.

    The plot centres around two families, the well-heeled, comfortably complacent Richardsons - mother, father and four children - and the hard-up Warrens, single mother Mia and her daughter Pearl, tenants of the Richardsons with little known past. In between is a tug-of-love court case surrounding an abandoned Chinese baby adopted by friends of the Richardsons. This sparks high and conflicting emotions in Shaker Heights, forcing the town to take sides between the baby's birth mother, a desperate Chinese immigrant, and the McCulloughs. It leads nearly into the unwanted revealing of well-concealed secrets for both the Warrens and the Richardsons.

    The story is skilfully told, weaving various narratives together. It is a character-led tale, well observed. The novel opens at the end, as the Richardsons' perfect home burns to the ground then takes us back to the beginning when the Warrens first arrive. The plot picks up pace as events take their toll and deeds have dire consequences. Lives begin to unravel and skeletons are revealed, and perfection of the family structure splits apart. It is a multifaceted novel full of interesting dimensions.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Oxford, United Kingdom 17/11/2017
    Julia Oxford, United Kingdom 17/11/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Although the writing is thoughtful with lots of detailed descriptions, it is an absoulute pageturner; I finished it within a couple of days. It's very well written with a cleverly constructed plot which jumps backwards and forwards in time. The characters, although they are 'types', are believable and the book is very good at conveying their different viewpoints. An interesting story about motherhood, difficult life choices and race. Anyone who enjoys reading about complicated families and secrets should give this book a go. From the raving reviews in the press I expected slightly more, but overall I enjoyed it very much. It reminded me of books by Curtis Sittenfeld and Liane Moriarty.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda M Steel 26/11/2017
    Linda M Steel 26/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Most enjoyable."

    Likeable characters, good storyline, well written and a very enjoyable "listen" . No hesitation in recommending this book.

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    Debbie W. 14/02/2018
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    "Overall Good read"

    It took a while to get into this book. A slow starter but I persevered with it and it was okay.

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    Fospot 03/02/2018
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    "Lovely story"

    A lovely story of middle class American family life where everything appears perfect but is far from. If you like Liane Moriaty style of writing then this is for you .

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    Anonymous 01/02/2018
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    "Setting fire to one’s imagination"

    What a wonderful book. It kept me intrigued, spellbound from the very beginning. I enjoyed the reversals in time giving depth to the characters. It was also beautifully read.

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    Ana Kinsella 31/01/2018
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    "Stand-out performance"

    Brilliant performance by the narrator - she delivers all the subtle shifts in tone and mood of each character

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    Zainab Ali 31/01/2018
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    "best book so far"

    one of the best books on audible. full of lessons. and i appreciate art more.

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    "Strong female characters- and a story that unfolds beautifully"

    Loved this story. Had seen it recommended a lot and so pleased I purchased. Two Very different women and how their lives and those of their children become entangled and intertwined with life events, and their own personal moral codes. With some quite devastating consequences.

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    Mel Chambers 25/01/2018
    Mel Chambers 25/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant!"

    Definitely get this book. Excellent in every way. Story, narrator, you will love it. Please can there be a sequel?

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    "loved it!"

    More than anything, I loved the narrator. She made it all come alive. Nice work!

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  • Richard
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    "Fantastic, awesome book."

    A simple tale of two families, in all their complexity... A beautiful take, beautifully told, beautifully read..

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