The Influence of the Gram

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Book: Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng



From the bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, a riveting story that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors 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 principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than 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 status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons 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 unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” [taken from Amazon] (Please note that the link I included here is not to the specific book I ordered. I accidentally ordered the “Large Print” option by mistake, which costs way more than the regular paperback copy of the book. For anyone who is interested in purchasing this book, I linked the regular paperback copy, as it’s the cheaper option. I’ll include the “Large Print” option here for good measure.)

Why I Bought It:

This was a bit of an “Instagram made me buy it” situation. I have an ever-growing list of books I need to purchase in a photo album on my phone, and this is one of the first I added to the list upon discovering the bookstagram community. The part about a family adopting a Chinese-American baby followed by a custody battle intrigued me the most. Seeing so many people purchase and talk about the book made me think I needed it, too. I’m a sucker for a good book.

I’ve seen mixed reviews out there on this one, but I’ve seen other books by Celeste Ng that are being raved about. I’ve never read her books before, so whether or not I like this one I think I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work.

Have you read this book, or any other book by Celeste Ng? What were your thoughts? Leave a comment and share!



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