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Fires Everywhere Book Review

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng may have come out in 2017, but now is the perfect time to add it to your reading list if you haven’t read the bestselling novel yet. 

The book, which was recently adapted into a new television show starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, tackles the complex conversation surrounding interracial adoption while seamlessly folding in compelling characters with intricate storylines. The main conflict of the story stars Elena Richardson, a wealthy mother of four with a seemingly picture-perfect family and lifestyle, and Mia Warren, a single mother who leads an eccentric and atypical life as an artist. The two mothers and their personal values clash over an array of subjects, the most prominent being a custody battle between a white family close to the Richardsons who have adopted a one-year-old Chinese baby, and her immigrant mother who works with Mia. Ng navigates the topics of race, motherhood, and adolescence with grace while maintaining a writing style that keeps her reader intrigued and holding onto her last word. An easy, but meaningful read—the message of Little Fires Everywhere is one that sticks with you long after reading the last page.

Sylvan Wold is currently a sophomore at the Packer Collegiate Institute and a reporter for the Packer Prism this year. She decided to join the Prism because of her interests in analytical writing and video making. This is her first year working on the Prism. Aside from journalism, Sylvan runs for the varsity cross country and track teams and enjoys getting involved in the Packer community by participating in clubs like Letters are Better and Family Composition. Sylvan can be reached at sywold@packer.edu.

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