Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is one of those books that is much talked about. And if you look beneath the surface there is much to think about – is it a story of family? truth? loyalty? parent’s love? or something else? And it is one of those books I am ambivalent about. … I’m not sure if it was when I read the book or if it really just didn’t touch me, but there is a lot there and it is worth the read so you can decide for yourself.
Lies have a way of coming back and changing your life when you least expect it. Mia and her daughter Pearl travel from town to town as inspiration strikes but they decide that they are going to stop traveling and settle in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Pearl builds relationships with the children of their landlord but the secrets they are keeping may destroy them all. But the family of the landlord is not all sunshine and roses- what can you think about a mother that always thinks the worst of her child? At the same time a young Chinese mother decides she wants the daughter she abandoned back and Mia becomes her ally to the dismay of her landlord. Family, friends, loyalty, secrets, lies, and what is right are explored.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for my review.