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Little Fires Everywhere

De : Celeste Ng
Lu par : Jennifer Lim
Durée : 11 h et 27 min
4,0 out of 5 stars (28 notations)

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Editors Select, September 2017

I loved Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You, so when I found out she was releasing a new novel, I immediately called dibs on the advance copy (sorry team!). Little Fires Everywhere is set in an idyllic town in Ohio in the '90s. We're introduced to Elena, the matriarch of the Richardson family - a picture-perfect family with strong ties to the community. When Mia, a struggling artist, and her 15-year-old daughter move in to one of the split houses the Richardsons own, an infatuation (or you could call it an obsession) develops between the two families, and the line between the tenant-landlord relationship is crossed. Narrator Jennifer Lim makes her Audible debut with Little Fires Everywhere, and I can’t wait to hear what she does next. —Laura, Audible Editor

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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

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"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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Don't understand the hype

What even is this book about? It feels like the author would have liked to do a series with this. She tried to explore many subjects but really just brushed over them. The result is the telling of a random moment in the life of random people. The fire was not even a big deal. Disappointing.

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  • jaycon
  • 06/08/2019

"Little Whiny People Everywhere"

I also am not entirely sure what this book was about. What are the take home points? What is the moral of the story? Truly, the only thing I was certain of is that Celeste Ng has made enemies out of the entire population of Shaker Heights, Ohio! Throughout the book I found myself not warming up to any of the characters. I think I know which ones I was SUPPOSED to like -- or at least the ones I was supposed to have sympathy for -- but, jeez, they all just seemed so very hard to like. But I think what really got in the way of my enjoyment of the book the most was the narrater. As listeners we rely so much on the narrater's interpretation of the characters. But I was finding myself re-saying sentences of the book in my head in a different way than the narrater to see if a different prosody would work better for me. There were so many times when she would read a character's dialogue, for example, as though the character were whining, but that just didn't seem to fit -- it didn't make sense given what was happening in the book. When I re-said those lines in my head in a less whiny, more desperate way, it all seemed to make more sense to me. Lim makes ALL of the characters whiny, hence my renaming of the book -- "Little Whiny People Everywhere."

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  • D. Bouchard
  • 21/07/2018

Scattered story

This book should be renamed ‘small scattered stories’. There were some decent characters and an attempt at the end to pull it all together but it was unsuccessful.

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  • APersonWhoBuysStuff
  • 17/09/2018

meh, not worth the hype

This book starts out as a very promising drama but abruptly becomes tedious almost exactly half way through. I stuck with it for as long as I could but it just kept getting more and more eye-roll worthy and....honestly, tedious is just the best word for it. Everyone I know was raving about this book, but it just didn't hit the mark for me. If you like suburban drama, I guess this book is for you? Narration is okay.

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  • Andria
  • 20/02/2019

I’m surprised this had such good reviews

The story line was OK at best. It was an easy read because it was sort of teenybopper. I listened to it in my car during my drives but by the end of the book was extremely disappointed with the ending. The end was so anti-climactic, insignificant, and left the readers with a bunch of loose ends. The book was not at all thought provoking and was just a random story to be told that ended on the mild note. Would not read from this author again.

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  • Shanni
  • 04/04/2018

Lots of eye rolling

Any additional comments?

Meh. Didn't love it or hate it. It was entertaining enough during my commute but I found myself rolling my eyes many times and even occationally blurting out loud "Oh come on!" or "Really???". Lots of cliches and predictable moves by the characters. The narration was good, I just didn't love the story or the characters. I especially didn't like Mrs. Richardson. Not sure what all the hype was about for this book.

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  • RCM
  • 04/10/2018

Awful. Should be in the YA section.

This book is terrible. Should be in the YA section. It's teenage angst, stereotypical moms -nomad, cool, artist mom and uptight, rich privileged mom- and every hot-button topic the author could cream into the book: teenage abortion, secrets, teenage sex, troubled youth, broken familial relationships, surrogate parenting, adoption etc.. Evenstill, it has little depth and is poorly written as well. Your teenage daughter might enjoy it, but I wouldn't waste your money. Also, thre ending is predictable and devoid of imagination. Don't waste your time or money on this book.

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  • Brittney
  • 17/07/2018

Just ok

The story here is not very fascinating more like a simple look into the lives of pretty average suburban families. Story comes and goes fast without much of a plot.

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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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  • Robin
  • 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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  • 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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  • Rookie.22
  • 19/04/2020

Tolle Geschichte, tiefe Charactere

Wunderbare Geschichte mit vielen Nuancen und Feingefühl erzählt. Die Charaktere sind interessant und vielschichtig, Klischees schimmern gerade im richtigen Maße hindurch.

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  • Juergen
  • 17/10/2020

Best book I "read" in years.

Certainly the best narrator, Jennifer Lim, I ever heard. Don't miss out on it. By the way, I usually never write any reviews.

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 03/05/2020

Absolutely impossible to miss

I got so hooked to this slow, subtle, wonderful story that I could not stop listening anymore. Celeste Ng depicts the characters of several families in Shaker Heights to perfection, managing to give the reader a perfect picture without ever falling back on crude description. This is a very moving story, but not in the sense of some soap opera or cheap drama, but in the way the characters unfold, interact, help or hurt each other, and become ridiculous or hateful or loveable, but always stay very human. I can only recommend this book very warmly.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24/04/2020

recommended

It may have started a little slow but loved the story. and the characters - they were all well presented and for one to relate to all of their feelings and beings. leaves you understanding all of them and their points of view.

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  • Sabine O.
  • 07/03/2020

A real surprise

First I thought this was only a story about some teenagers. But this is so much more, a multi layered story about the essence of life. The lives of all characters kept me with them long after having listened to the book a second time right away.

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  • janina käse
  • 18/01/2020

Geschichte eher mäßig

Toll gelesen, die Geschichte zog sich aus meiner Sicht und die Charaktere waren für mich sehr konstruiert und nicht immer gut nachvollziehbar

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  • Sophie S.
  • 28/12/2019

Slow Start, exciting end

Little fires everywhere is very much a story about what it means to be a mother or what makes a person a mother. The first half was rather tiring - the end nearly made up for it. This book is for everyone who enjoys a good family drama.

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  • L. Heinemann
  • 06/08/2019

Breathtakingly beautiful

This book is the best I have listened to in such a long time. The underlying issues, the common theme- motherhood - is such an entangled motif.... this Book is truly a masterpiece in my opinion Beautifully read too