Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere is a thought-provoking and timely novel that explores the complexities of motherhood, race, and class in America. Ng deftly weaves together the stories of two families in Shaker Heights, Ohio, who are forced to confront their own biases and prejudices when a Chinese-American teenager is placed in the care of a white family.
The novel is rich with multi-dimensional characters and Ng expertly captures the nuances of their relationships. The dialogue is sharp and the prose is lyrical. I was particularly impressed with Ng’s exploration of the mother-daughter dynamic. The mothers in the novel are incredibly flawed, but they are also incredibly human. I found myself empathizing with them, even as I cringed at their mistakes.
Little Fires Everywhere is a timely and necessary novel that offers a nuanced exploration of race, class, and motherhood in America. It is sure to spark important conversations and is a must-read for anyone who is interested in these topics.
I would also recommend Little Fires Everywhere to anyone who enjoys a well-written and thought-provoking novel. Celeste Ng is a gifted writer and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.