Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
This was our February Book Club pick! The group discussion was interesting and mildly deep. Everyone seemed to have liked the book!
I didn’t dislike the book, although I found it to be a lot going on. I came to a point where I was asking myself ‘what’s the point of this story’, then referenced back to the title. The title fits it well after reading all the stories and the character’s little fires everywhere in their lives. I love that in Book Club, I venture out to read things that I normally would pass by without a second look.
I would suggest this book to others as it does set up for a great book club discussion. The points touched upon in the story eerily pertained to current events in the world and a case in a town not far from where we live.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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 teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.