Little Fires Everywhere

Version: Unabridged
Author: Celeste Ng
Narrator: Jennifer Lim
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: September 2017
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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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, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. 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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Reviews (60)

Written by Anonymous on May 18th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved everything about this book. Ng was able to bring in stories of so many characters and slowly show us where they came from and what molded them to become who they were. A must read! 5 stars for the author and narrator!

Written by Susan J. on May 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

enjoyed the book, but felt plot twists were predictable.

Written by Amanda K. on May 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome but I wanted more for the ending.


Written by Vivian V. on May 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book dragged for a weak finale.


Written by Anonymous on May 3rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great read!

Written by Anonymous on April 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well written story that reminds us that everyone is not always who they seem to be.

Written by Kathleen F. on April 26th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5



Written by Anonymous on April 14th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed the first half, if only for my suspicion that it was building up to some grand reveal, mystery, or anything really. But no, nothing. I got 30 minutes of exposition on intricate specifications of Mia's artistic preferences, but precious little payoff unfortunately.

Written by GRACE E. on April 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

great narrator. slow start to the book and only picked up the last few hours.

Written by Susette B. on March 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story was all over the place. At times a bit confusing

Author Details

Author Details

Ng, Celeste

CELESTE NG grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.