‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng

The community of Shaker Heights has been meticulously planned, the curves in the road and the colour of the houses, even the residents within. But now they want to know who started the fires and why?

Elena Richardson has always lived there and now embodies the ideals and values of the neighbourhood. Enter Mia, a single mum to a teenaged girl, nomadically travelling from state to state in an old green car and finally landing squarely in Shaker. The Richardson family are all drawn to the pair, but Elena has reasons to dig deep into Mia’s past. This is a raw observation of two families and their entanglements, Ng adds a backdrop of an adoption battle and questions family values, morals and ethics.

This is a great novel for book groups leaving plenty to discuss and explore. It’s just been released as a TV series starring Reese Witherspoon but I recommend, as always, read it first!

Published by Abacus ISBN 9780349142920

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