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Ng: Little Fires Everywhere
Let's meet to discuss Celeste Ng's "Little Fires Everywhere." Ng is an impressive young American author whose first novel, "Everything I Never Told You," garnered wonderful reviews. I highly recommend that novel if you haven't read it. "Little Fires Everywhere" begins with a fire at the home of Elena & Bill Richardson, a wealthy white family with four children from Shaker Heights, Ohio. While one of the Richardson's daughters is believed to have started the fire, there are other suspects well - Mia Warren & her 15-year-old daughter, Pearl, who rent a home from the Richardsons. While the book is set in the 1990s, Ng explores the controversial issues of race, privilege and family dynamics in a way that is relevant to American society today. "There are the simmering racial tensions and incendiary family dynamics beneath the surface of a quiet Ohio town," said the New York Times review of Ng's novel. "There are the appeal and impossibility of assimilation, the all-consuming force of motherhood and the secret lives of teenagers and their parents, each unknowable to the other." Ngwas born in Pittsburgh after her parents immigrated there from Hong Kong. Her father was a NASA physicist, while her mother was a college professor. Ng's family moved to Shaker Heights when she was 10, and Ng lived there until she went off to college. After receiving a degree from Harvard, Ng attending the creative writing program at the University of Michigan (like another of our recent authors, Jesmyn Ward.) Ng quickly found critical and commercial success as an author. "Everything I Never Told You" was purchased by Hulu and is being turned into an eight-episode series.

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