I read this book in two sittings. The novel takes place in the 1990’s in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a well-to-do, liberal suburb of Cleveland. It is the story of two families. The Richardsons are typical of their suburb, father is a lawyer, mother a journalist, oldest daughter beautiful and bright, oldest son handsome and athletic, younger son a sensitive intellectual and youngest daughter a moody loner. The Richardsons own a duplex on “the other side” of Shaker Heights, and they rent out one floor to Mia Warren and her adolescent daughter, Pearl. Mia is a vagabond artist with few possessions and a mysterious past. How these families interact is the crux of the novel.
Little Fires Everywhere is an easy read with a lot of depth to it. It will grab you on page one. Also, Celeste Ng not only knows a lot about a lot of things, she knows how to present them in a fascinating way.