From the author who brought us the Amazon Book of the Year in 2014, Everything I Never Told You, comes a captivating tale of two mothers – one who played by the rules and another who has little regard to them.
Shaker Heights is an affluent, peaceful suburb in Cleveland, Ohio. The gentle state of idyll is anchored in the residents’ adherence to rules and careful planning. No one embodies this more than Elena Richardson. She was brought up to believe that the world will function properly if the rules are adhered to – so she did. So far, she has succeeded to build a good life, the kind of life everyone wanted.
Then Mia Warren, an artist and single mother, arrived in the Shaker with her teenaged daughter, Pearl. She rents a house from the Richardsons and soon after, the tenants and all of Elena’s four children are drawn to each other. But unknown to them, Mia carries with her a mysterious past.
An intense custody battle divides the town when old family friends of the Richardsons attempted to adopt a Chinese-American baby – Mia and Elena find themselves pitted against each other. Already suspicious or her tenant, Elena became obsessed in exposing any secret from Mia’s past, oblivious of the devastating consequences that threaten to upend her perfect world.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets and the powerful pull of motherhood, while demonstrating the danger of believing that following the rules can prevent disaster.