Book of the Month: Little Fires Everywhere

the awkward age

Celeste Ng's latest novel explores love, politics, race, coming of age and what it really means to be a mother

About the book

A house on fire in Shaker Heights leaves the community of a sedate suburb in Cleveland reeling as it discovers that the cause was an act of arson by Izzy, the rebel child of the well-heeled and respected Richardson family.

Little Fires Everywhere investigates how the Richardsons and those around them reached this point, from the event of new arrivals in Shaker Heights – Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother to teenager Pearl – to their sudden departure. How can the collision of these two very different families prompt such devastating results?

The novel explores issues of race, class and social dynamics alongside the implications of family secrets, growing up and growing old and the true meaning of motherhood.

Buy the book now for £3.99

About the author

Celeste Ng

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. Little Fires Everywhere is her second novel.

Celeste says: “I'm thrilled to have been selected as the Mumsnet book club selection – writing this novel made me think hard about motherhood, what makes someone a mother, and what we expect of them. So I look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering your questions live on 26 June at 9pm.”

What our bloggers thought


HiBaby blog

“Sometimes I find books that are too focused on the solving of a mystery make me rush. However, the way Celeste Ng unfurls the plot and the characters made me want to really get to know them all, and be carried along with their stories.”

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Max and Mummy blog

“A complex tale of motherhood, morals, and the consequences of secrets on a family dynamic. Little Fires Everywhere will leave you in a fireball of emotions (in a good way) and I can't wait to read what's next from Celeste Ng.”

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“This novel is a masterclass in construction, and it gripped me from the first sentence to the very last word. I greedily devoured every single page.”

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The Mummy Bubble

“The book is being turned into a mini-series starring Reese Witherspoon, which is bound to be gripping viewing. But I would definitely recommend reading the book first.”

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Helpful Mum blog

“Little Fires Everywhere is without a doubt one of the best books I have read this year and I would definitely suggest adding it to your to-read list.”

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Get involved

If you're interested in joining us, do grab yourself a copy. Or first, check out the book by reading or listening to the extracts below.

Read Chapter 1 of Little Fires Everywhere

Author webchat

Celeste Ng will be joining us to discuss and answer questions about Little Fires Everywhere on Tuesday 26 June between 9 and 10pm.

New to Mumsnet Book Club? Find out how it works, and what we'll be reading in the next few months

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