The Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere is coming out soon, and I had heard pretty much universal praise for this novel, so I decided to finally give this a read. Fortunately it lived up to the hype. The story is set in 1997 and focuses primarily on two families: the affluent Richardsons and the eclectic Warrens. The Richardson family lives in the utopian city of Shaker Heights, Ohio, where they have a beautiful home, four children, and a stable income. Mia and Pearl Warren are a nomadic mother and daughter who move to Shaker Heights to put down permanent roots. The Richardsons sublet them an apartment, and soon the two extremely different families starts to clash and mesh together.
The plot focuses on not only the conflict and connection between the two central families, but also broaches topics such as class, race, and who is really considered a mother. Each topic is handled with grace and respect, and each character has their flaws and strengths. I became invested in each of their lives and was anxiously waiting to see what would happen to them. Ng writes in such a beautiful manner, and her style kept me hooked. My only small gripe is that it felt like SOMETHING was missing. I can’t put my finger on what it is, but there was an absence that I felt. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Shaker Heights.