Reading Group: Little Fires Everywhere

Reading Group: Little Fires Everywhere

Wednesday 11 September, 19.30-21.00, and Saturday 14 September, 15.30-17.00

In September the Reading Group will discuss Little Fires Everywhere, the award-winning novel by American author Celeste Ng.

In Shaker Heights, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives of its residents. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.

It's free and you don't need to book. For more information or to reserve a copy, call 720392 or email ga@library.gg