Here’s What Critics Are Saying About Celeste Ng’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’

Posted on October 26, 2017 by

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgCeleste Ng‘s smash-hit debut, Everything I Never Told You, was named a best book of the year by NPR, Buzzfeed, Amazon, and BookRiot in 2015, and it has been a favorite of book clubs ever since. Now, critics are raving about her latest novel, Little Fires Everywhere. Released in September 2017, Little Fires Everywhere is already a New York Times bestseller, and Reese Witherspoon even chose it for her book club. In the novel, Ng takes us to Shaker Heights, an idyllic Cleveland suburb, to tell a searing tale of motherhood and family secrets. Wondering if you should pick it up? Below is a Little Fires Everywhere review roundup to help you make your decision. See what critics are saying about Ng’s latest novel below:

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The New York Times: “Witnessing these two families as they commingle and clash is an utterly engrossing, often heartbreaking, deeply empathetic experience, not unlike watching a neighbor’s house burn.”

The Los Angeles Times: “Ng is a confident, talented writer, and it’s a pleasure to inhabit the lives of her characters and experience the rhythms of Shaker Heights through her clean, observant prose.”

Entertainment Weekly: “Ng has an acute sense of how real people (especially teenagers, the slang-slinging kryptonite of many an aspiring novelist) think and feel and communicate.”

Kirkus Reviews: “The characters she creates here are wonderfully appealing, and watching their paths connect — like little trails of flame leading inexorably toward one another to create a big inferno — is mesmerizing, casting into new light ideas about creativity and consumerism, parenthood and privilege. With her second novel, Ng further proves she’s a sensitive, insightful writer with a striking ability to illuminate life in America.”

The Kansas City Star: “Sparks fly literally and figuratively in this tightly plotted novel that addresses issues of economic class, race, ethnicity, and privilege. The novel asks what makes for a good parent and provides no easy answers.”

Publishers Weekly: “Ng explores the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims, and who loses the right to be called a mother. This is an impressive accomplishment.”

San Francisco Chronicle: “It appears Ng has one-upped herself with her tremendous follow-up novel. Get ready. This one will not only send your noggin on a bender, it’ll touch your heart, too.”

The Boston Globe: “Delectable and engrossing.”

StarTribune: “A deeply impressive novel with the power to provoke and entrance.”

Booklist: “Ng’s stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest.”


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