Little Fires Everywhere

If I am very lucky, once a year, I read a really great book. This year, I have read more than one. Little Fires Everywhere is one of the really good ones. I know that I will not do this book justice in this post, because, even now, a week after finishing it, I am finding it hard to put into words how good this book is.

The story is of Mia and Pearl Warren and the Richardson family. They meet in 1990s Shaker Heights, Ohio, a planned community where everything is supposed to be a certain way. Mia and Peal rent an apartment from the Warrens. Mia is a photographer who works odd jobs to make ends meet. Peal is in high school with the Warren’s four children, Trip, Izzy, Lexie, and Moody. Mrs. Richardson investigates Mia’s past and it is the domino that starts the others falling.

Celeste Ng is really a poet who works in prose. I savored every word in this book. Each word flows into the next and makes the entire story and book seamless. I read very few authors with the ability to make music from the page, but she does it effortlessly. The characters were written so richly and are so fully developed, they could have jumped off the page and into my life. Her ease of description puts pictures in your head better than any television show or movie does.

Okay, that may sound like a bit much. But this book is utterly amazing. Without providing any spoilers, I will say that if you like endings tied up in neat little bows, you will walk away a bit unsatisfied. But, if you want tread an amazing story and a well-written book, you will not go wrong with this one.

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