Top critical review
A good read, but at times I wanted it to move on more quickly.
7 September 2018
Shaker Heights is a peaceful, well ordered community, with rules ranging from rubbish collection (and how it should be done) to the colour a resident paints their house. It is a respectable community, free of drama. That is until artist Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl turn up and lead to the unraveling of secrets. Renting an apartment from the Richardson family, Mia and Pearl become intertwined, albeit reluctantly from Mia's perspective, into their lives. Elena Richardson is a second generation Shaker Heights resident and mother to four children- Izzy, Trip, Moody and Lexie. Elena has always been troubled by her youngest daughter, Izzy, but thanks to the arrival of Mia and Pearl, she soon realises she needs to have concerns about all four. A court case involving the adoption of an abandoned baby, leads Elena to uncover the truth about Mia's past and ultimately results in the opening scene of the book where Izzy sets 'Little Fires Everywhere.' Celeste Ng gives each character their own identity and lets the reader see how they became the person they are today. The writing is descriptive and at times appears to go off on a tangent when, as I reader, I wanted to get on with the plot, but it was an enjoyable read, nonetheless.