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Author: Celeste Ng Narrator: Jennifer Lim Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9780525498070
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A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

The runaway New York Times bestseller!

Named a Best Book of the Year by: 

People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, PasteKirkus ReviewsSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more!


"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting." –Jodi Picoult

“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” - Reese Witherspoon

“I am loving Little Fires Everywhere. Maybe my favorite novel I've read this year.”—John Green

"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." – Paula Hawkins

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope.”

    Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Opposites attract and also ignite in this thoughtful novel.”


  • “[Ng] probes privilege and the compromises it requires in a riveting novel.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[Ng’s] descriptions are so dead-on you can practically see the Cleveland skyline as you ride shotgun with these characters.”


  • “Totally absorbing, each character drawn so well it makes it impossible to decide whose side you’re on.”

    Marie Claire

  • “[Ng] captures her setting with an ethnologist’s authority…And there are time-capsule pleasures in her evocation of 1997.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing…Who set the littles fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Witty, wise, and tender. It’s a marvel.”

    Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • Has the irresistible pace of an expertly tuned thriller and the observational brilliance of lasting literature. It marks Celeste Ng as a writer of the first rank, among the very best in her generation—right there with Zadie Smith and Jacqueline Woodson. I was mad for this book.”

    Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • New York Times bestseller
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for Fall
  • LibraryReads Pick
  • Indie Next List selection for Fall
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far
  • Winner of the 2018 New England Book Award for Fiction
  • A GQ Pick of Best Books of the Year
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year
  • A People Magazine Best Book of 2017
  • An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of 2017
  • A 2017 Southern Living Magazine Pick

Listener Reviews

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  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 Char | 6/17/2018

    " Loved the story. The characters are interesting. Complex characters, interesting plot twists. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mary | 5/30/2018

    " i felt that the characters reactions were extreme and unbelievable at times. However the story was well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/17/2018

    " It wasn't until after I finished this book that it dawned on me that this book highlighted the economic, cultural and social differences of the families in the book. Fascinating read and makes you think about mothering - both conventional and not-so-conventional ways to do so. I really enjoyed this book and the narrator. "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Anonymous | 12/6/2017

    " Good second book from Celeste Ng. A rumination on what makes a family. Set in the real world community of Shaker Heights, which is a fascinating place. Great narration. "

About the Author

Celeste Ng is an author whose debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Hopwood Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA’s Alex Award. She is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and was a 2016 NEA fellow. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, attended Harvard University, and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Lim is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.