Year 12, Book 59

59. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In idyllic Shaker Heights Elena is the matriach of the Richardson family and mother to four teenage children. Enter Mia Warren, an eclectic artist always on the move, and her daughter Pearl who become tenants in the Richardson’s rental property and both become objects of obsession for Elena and her kids. Then when close family friends of the Richardson’s become engaged in a custody battle over the baby they are trying to adopt, the fault lines drawn in the town are played out between Mia and Elena causing the members of each family to plant stakes in the sand.

I feel like this is yet another book that is winning universal praise, and which probably win a number of book awards that just did not resonate with me at all. I did not connect with any of the characters. In some respects I understand that the plotting was supposed to seem pedestrian, but it just felt that way to me without the literary merits behind it. Granted I seem to be the only reviewer or person I know who feels this way about this book, so take that for what it’s worth. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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