Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
There is so much going on in this book, it’s difficult to describe. Little Fires Everywhere takes family dysfunction to a whole new level. The dysfunction isn’t as in your face as I have found in other books, it’s much more under the surface, which makes it even more destructive.
The Premise: A wealthy white family of 5, the Richardsons, live in a well-to-do community called Shaker Heights. They also own a nice duplex, which they rent out. A black photographer and her daughter have recently moved to town and rent a place from them.
It’s a story of privilege, struggle, family dynamics, racism and so much more.
When I first read the book I was a little underwhelmed. But I kept hearing so many good things about it, I figure I must have missed something. Then, Hulu made a miniseries, which I watched and loved. I went back and reread the book, and learn a couple of things. The book was much better the second time. I think I skimmed too much on the first read through and missed important nuances. Also, the Hulu version didn’t change the story, but it added a lot of details that weren’t in the book. This is one of the rare instances where I think the screen version was actually better.
Whether you pick up a copy of the book or log into Hulu, this is a great story with a lot of depth. Give it a whirl!