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Let's discuss LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng
From the author of "Everything I Never Told You," a second novel with some familiar elements: racial tensions, unspoken family stress, the powerful force of motherhood, and the secret lives of teenagers. "Little Fires Everywhere" is set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s. The novel begins with a house fire and suspicions of arson. As in her earlier book, Ng (pronounced "ing") returns to the past to figure out the mystery of who set the fire and why. About a year earlier, an artist-photographer, Mia Warren, and her 15-year-old daughter rened a duplex from the Richardsons, an upper middle-class family. Both Mia and her daughter disappear after the fire. In another plot line, friends of the Richardsons, the McCulloughs who have no children, announce their plans to adopt a Chinese baby who has been left at the fire house and appears to have been abandoned. The child is soon revealed to belong to a Chinese immigrant mother who, suffering economic hardship, had temporarily parked her baby where she thought it would be cared for, but now wants the baby back. This 2017 novel of class, race, family, and the dangers of the unexamined life was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Amazon, Goodreads, and several other publications. It is currently ranked 45th in Amazon's Best Seller list and continues to hold its top-15 status on the New York Times Fiction list. The book is compelling. Vogue calls it "a nuanced study of mothers and daughters and the burden of not belonging to our families or our communities.

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This is a casual and friendly book club that meets monthly at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction selections and choose our books democratically via polls. Book suggestions are always welcome and appreciated! Flyleaf Books offers a 20% discount on books selected for our discussions!

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