Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
In progressive and upscale Shaker Heights, no one embodies the spirit of the Clevland suburb quite like Elena Richardson who always plays by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an artist and single mother, who is rents a house from the Richardsons with her teenage daughter Pearl. All four of the Richardson children are drawn to the mysterious pair, but Mia has a cloudy past and disregards the status quo of Shaker Heights to Elena's disappointment. Then when old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that divides the community - and puts Mia and Elena on opposite sides. Now Elena is determined to uncover Mia's secret past. But her obsession will come to unexpected and devastating costs.
Little Fires Everywhere is an upcoming American drama web television miniseries, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Celeste Ng. It will consist of eight episodes and premiere on Hulu March 18. The series stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. See the trailer below the book recommendations.
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