Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a planned community, and proud residents Mr. and Mrs. Richardson have strictly planned their lives as well, from their careers to their perfectly manicured home. However, their four teenage children—Moody, who lives up to his name; Trip, a self-involved jock; smart but impulsive Lexie, and troubled Izzy—don’t always do what is expected of them. When Mrs. Richardson rents out an apartment she owns to a mysterious artist, Mia, and her daughter Pearl, the two families become intertwined in ways no one could anticipate, and the effects are life-changing for everyone.
This suspenseful and satisfying novel, which takes place in the pre-cell phone, Bill Clinton-era 1990s, will have book clubs discussing everything from class and wealth to parenthood, adoption, privacy, the limits of friendship, and family bonds.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Penguin Press; 978-0-73522-429-2; $27
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