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Little Fires Everywhere

De : Celeste Ng
Lu par : Jennifer Lim
Durée : 11 h et 27 min
4 out of 5 stars (10 notations)

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Description

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

The runaway New York Times best seller! 

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)

From the best-selling 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 teenage 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. 

Perfect for book clubs! Visit celesteng.com for discussion guides and more.

©2017 Celeste Ng (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critiques

"Witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel." (Paula Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/06/2018

I kept Waiting for it to get good...it never did.

I don't really understand the point of this book. It followed many different characters which I have found I am not a fan of. I like books that follow a main character but regardless of that, this book I found, didn't really have a point. I was bored throughout the book but finished it hoping it would get better or all the story lines would somehow come to this awesome ending...I was sadly disappointed. It was predictable and didn't leave me wanting more. I would pass on this one.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 05/10/2017

Boring and Drawn Out!!!

Kept falling asleep while listening, but was determined to finish it, especially due to all the hype over this audiobook. The story never got any better, and the ending was ridiculous! Really wish I could understand why there are so many great reviews. What are people seeing, that I just don't? As for the narration, J.L. did a pretty good job of performing each of the characters, though she did not use different voices or inflections for them. She basically used the same voice during the whole story. Sadly, I would definitely recommend passing this one up, and not wasting your time on it. 👎🏼

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  • Sara
  • 09/10/2017

Let Me Stop You Right There

To me, this book was written by an author who believes that her listeners are as thick as two planks. Further, the tone of the narrator adds to the unbelievably slick and condescending flavor of the whole package. Everything is so slowly drawn out and hammered down that there is no room for any personal thought or feelings the reader might dare to have. I'm bored. Are we there yet?

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  • Robin Cohen
  • 17/10/2017

little epiphanies everywhere

Another thoughtful and thought-provoking book by Celeste Ng. I loved her first book, and didn't imagine that this one could be as good, but it is. This is a sensitive and nuanced look at motherhood, social class and race. She does not let her characters or her plot off with easy answers, or with good guys and bad guys. Even though each character seems to be somewhat of a "type" initially, as the narrative deepens we see how multifaceted each participant in this story is and I found myself feeling more and more empathy for each of them as the story developed. Lovely and evocative book that I didn't want to end. I listened to this as an audiobook (from Audible) and thought the narrator was perfect.

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  • Elese Newman
  • 03/06/2018

Some fire, a little ice

Little Fires is a well written book that is beautifully narrated. The story flows, most of the characters develop in meaningful ways, and the reader/listener is challenged to consider some hefty issues without weighing down the process. For me personally, what kept this from being a five star story is that Celeste Ng draws some conclusions that I disagree with. I think it would have made a better story if she had left it to the reader to draw their own conclusions. And I think it would be interesting to know if, after 30 more years of living, she would write it differently.

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  • T.C.
  • 26/04/2019

Irritating....Hated it.

I personally can’t stand it when one character is portrayed as moral superior with all the right answers even as they try to keep their own secrets and weaknesses hidden. And why is it that hard working parents of teenagers are portrayed as evil? No one has all the right answers and is perfect, especially when raising children. So the old theme that the poorer parent is superior while the other is portrayed as an uncaring parent just makes me angry. That theme has played itself out now.



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  • Carolyn
  • 25/04/2019

Tedious

Did a lot of fast forwarding. Characters made me want to shake them silly. The kids were irritating, Mia was totally unbelievable as was her and Pearl's ability to exist under the described situations, Mr. Richardson was portrayed as a lawyer going through his life as a passive moron. Mrs. Richardson was the obvious protagonist from the beginning of the story. And, Izzy was portrayed as the poor misunderstood and emotionally abused chi!d who was in fact an arsonist that could have killed her entire family, but the author wanted readers to feel she was some sort of heroin for breaking free of a dysfunctional family who in my opinion seemed as normal as most families with 4 kids, a nice house in an upscale community
No money worries, etc. What's not to like? Oh, the Chinese angle of the story was what the author really wanted readers to focus on. Or, was it teenagers having sex that was also thrown in to make it interesting. This story was very superficial and unsatisfying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/03/2018

Ending a Huge let down

Intricate story, interesting but ending weak
Thought provoking, that leads to an bland summation that leaves you feeling that you wasted Your time

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  • Julie
  • 24/02/2018

Like yarn unspooling into a tangled pile

At the start of the story, Ng presents you, the reader, with a pile of tangled, messy yarn, making you wonder how it could have ended up this way. Then she takes you back and sets each of the characters before you, like neatly wound balls of yarn. Over the course of the story, she steadily and deliberately unspools each ball until you reach the end and realize this is not just some tangled mess, but a colorful, complicated design that could not have turned out any other way.
I appreciated how the characters came to life, each imperfect in his or her own way, and how there was no simple right or wrong answer to each conflict that arose. Ng’s descriptions of the art and photography throughout the novel was also so evocative, I felt like I could truly see and understand not just the art itself, but the artist.
This is not the type of book that has you feverishly turning pages. Rather, it is a book where the author ties a piece of yarn around you and steadily pulls you forward, page by page, until before you know it, you’ve reached the inevitable, yet satisfying conclusion.
The narrator is also terrific.

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  • Michelle Marcell
  • 26/10/2017

Out of Focus

Reminded me much of The Nest. Where the entire book talk about random life facts of the characters without much passion or meaning. True, characters go thru traumatic experiences, but nothing reliable or meant to connect with the reader/listener. The story (or many different stories) did not touch my heart, or made me smile, or cry, nor excite. It was simply a story of the life of different families and their struggles. Not even sure why this is a best seller. Good books are supposed to ignite unexpected feelings for its reader, keep you excited and passionate about its characters, and leave you wanting more.

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  • BaS
  • 04/09/2018

Wunderbare Familiensaga, genau hingesehen

Was für eine wunderbare Erzählung! Mia ist zwar das äußere Zentrum der Geschichte, aber es geht um den mehr oder auch mal weniger respektvollen Umgang innerhalb einer Familie, die zu zerbrechen droht, obwohl die Lebensbedingungen perfekt für ein glückliches Leben miteinander scheinen. Nur der Ende kam mir zu abrupt - aber vielleicht gibt es eine Fortsetzung?

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  • Eos20
  • 09/08/2018

Geschickte Perspektivwechsel, spannend verwoben

Wer The Corrections von Frenzen mochte, wird dieses Hörbuch lieben.
Spannend und poetisch beschrieben, bangt man mit den unterschiedlichsten Familienmitgliedern und Wahlverwandtschaften darum, ob sie das stille Glück der Zugehörigkeit finden werden, oder es verloren geben. Ein spannendes Buch über Liebe von Eltern zu Kindern, Wahlverwandtschaften, Stolz, Selbstverwirklichung und Emanzipation, und die Macht des moralischen Kompass.

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  • Beleen
  • 16/05/2019

An absolutely heartwarming book

Could not stop listening.
Great narrative and characters! You’ll love it!
It’s not a love story but story about family and love.:)

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  • pretty.electro
  • 06/05/2019

Langweiliger als erwartet

Ein Buch, das ich als lauen Jugendroman beschreiben würde.
Ich habe die ganze Geschichte auf die Tiefe und das Fesselnde und Mitreißende gewartet, das diesem Buch nachgesagt wird. Die Geschichte hat ihren Witz und ihre Plots, aber wirkt auf mich konstruiert und dadurch langweilig und oberflächlich.

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  • Iris
  • 17/02/2019

Amazing!

I really enjoyed this book, it was gripping right from the beginning and I always had a hard time to stop listening. The story is good and the way it's told, the voice and the choice of words.

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  • Alexandra S Rome
  • 06/02/2019

New favorite audiobook

Amazing story and narration- one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!