“All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles.”
― Celeste Ng,
What an apt title indeed for a novel that explores the intricacies of relationships. For often it is fear, insecurity and sorrow that burn a deep hole into relationships. At the core of the book is the story of a mother and daughter, and around this core are many other little stories inter-woven.
Shaker Heights is a progressive little suburb of Cleveland. It’s a place with long winding roads, well laid out homes, perfectly colored houses and all things meticulously planned. The residents of this suburb have successful lives, living by the rules of one of the prominent residents- Elena Richardson.
And there is Izzy
She is the youngest of the Richardson and is considered to be the black sheep of the home. Her behavior is seldom approved by anyone in the family. But is Izzy really what Mrs. Richardson fears she is? Or has Mrs. Richardson created Izzy the way she is? The most rebellious of the Richardson children and a freshman in high school, she seldom likes her heavily regulated life. She is a child who is over parented; yet, Izzy learns to use her voice. She believes in actions, to change a circumstance that’s not really favorable. She attempts to change all that makes her unhappy in her life. A young teen she is, yet Izzy has her head firm and knows what she wants.
Celeste NG is an American author whose first novel Everything I Never Told You was the Amazon book of the year in 2014. Little Fires Everywhere is her second novel released in September 2017 and won the Good reads Readers Challenge Award for 2017.
This post is a part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge where I write about twenty six women characters from books, who have left an impact on me. You can read the previous posts here- Women in Books