Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng vs Little Fires Everywhere – Book Review and TV Review

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Travelling artist Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl arrive in the small town of Shaker and become entwined in the lives of the Richardson family. Suddenly the seemingly closely curated live of Elena Richardson is turned upside down. But when there is a custody battle over a Chinese baby that was abandoned, things get ugly.

There was so much in this book, and I loved it. The characters are so compelling, there is so much discussion on race and privilege and expectations… I couldn’t put it down.

Little Fires Everywhere

Perhaps it would have been better to have more time between reading the book and watching the show. But all I could see were the differences. Which was fine, I could absolutely see reasons for making the changes, especially for a TV series. I can’t say I preferred one to the other, although the end is quite different in both (well, without spoiling it, the way it unfolds).

My gut is either see or read it, but maybe not both. And either is good, but it is really hard to pass up watching Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington leading such a perfectly cast series. And yet, even as I say that, the book is so good. Oh I don’t know. Do both.

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