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Book Club – Little Fires Everywhere
Thu, April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hello Ladies, By unpopular demand, we have decided not to read Reading Lolita in Tehran for the April 25th meeting. We are now reading Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng. Sorry for the any inconvenience this switch may have caused. Those of us that started reading the other book were not fans. Joyce
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak
The Book Club meets each month at Twin Maples at 1pm to discuss the selected reading. Tea and refreshments will be served. Meetings are open to all Fortnightly Club members. Not a member? Come to our book club meeting and see what it’s all about!