Apr 27, 2021SionaM rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Everything in Shaker Heights is planned and there are rules that residents must follow. For example, houses can only be painted certain colors. When Mia Warren and her fifteen year old daughter, Pearl rent a home from the Richardson, a prominent Shaker Heights family – their lives will become intertwined in ways they never could have imagined. Mrs. Richardson liked to rent to people she felt were deserving of her help, people who may have had some tough turns in life. She felt it was her way of giving back. When she first meets Mia Warren and her daughter she thinks they are the perfect tenants. Mia is an artist and throughout Pearl’s life, they have been moving from place to place as Mia sells art. The Richardson family is immediately intrigued by them. Throughout the story, various stories are intertwined exploring how messy and complicated life is.. We see this story from Richardson family’s perspective, Mia’s perspective, Pearl’s perspective, and other characters.
There was a lot going on in “Little Fires Everywhere” but I found it easy to keep up. I will say that it had a bit of a slow start but I feel the author was setting the stage for all that was to come. And once I hit the halfway mark, I was so completely invested into all of their lives and had to know what was going to happen next. I thought that the development of the characters was fantastic. Even the secondary and tertiary characters were so detailed. With so many characters and a certain amount of pages, it takes skill to bring them all to life. This was an intriguing and compelling drama. A story about motherhood, adolescence, race, rules, right and wrong, and so much more. Great characters and an interesting plot made “Little Fires Everywhere” a fast and fantastic read.