There is A LOT going on in Little Fires Everywhere, despite that, this book reads easily and simply. This book centers around two families in Shaker Heights, OH. One is the more affluent Richardsons, who are major players in the suburban town with mother Elena, who believes that there is a right way to do everything, hers. On the other hand, there are the Warrens, a mother-daughter pair that has been wandering all over the country in pursuit of mother Mia's artist practice with daughter and girl-genius Pearl in tow. The book centers around the ebb-and-flow of their interactions in what culminates in a way that is truly unpredictable and incidental. Every piece of Little Fires Everywhere is vibrant, necessary, and truly teeming with the energy of our own real-life relationships. I highly recommend Little Fires Everywhere as a book about family, mothers and daughters, art, and the way our lives end up playing out versus how we wanted them to. Twelve Stars out of ten.
Fighting an ugly custody battle with an artistic tenant who has little regard for the strict rules of their progressive Cleveland suburb, a straitlaced family woman who is seeking to adopt a baby becomes obsessed with exposing the tenant's past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both of their families.