Little Fires Everywhere is a perfect title for this slow-paced character study of the Richardson family whose lives are upended by their artistic renter Mia Warren. As Ng explores the dynamics between these two families, she also scratches beneath the surface of the placid, utopian-like Shaker Heights, Ohio. The story opens with a fire which is never fully put out or its motive discovered until the last chapter. The rest of the story is filled out as Ng plumbs the depths of decisions made and their unexpected results. This is the May 2019 selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

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