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“Little Fires Everywhere”…the book and the Hulu series…

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So who else has been watching ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ on Hulu? It’s freaking good, am I right?!

From the bestselling author of ‘Everything I Never Told You’, (one of my FAVORITE books of all time!), comes a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family & the enigmatic mother & daughter who upend their lives..In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is 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.

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Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist & single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, & rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia & Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past & a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–& puts Mia & Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia & her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected & devastating costs.

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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art & identity, & the ferocious pull of motherhood–& the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

First off, you will only understand why I have a copy of “The Vagina Monologues” in my pic if you have been watching the show (spoiler alert: there is a different book in the ‘book’ version of LFE.) I watched all the available episodes yesterday (new ones drop on Weds) & I find it pretty riveting..Both Witherspoon & Washington bring their A-games to this screen adaptation! (Fun fact: Did you know Celeste Ng grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio?) I am LOVING seeing & hearing all the 90’s nostalgia in the show since that’s when this takes place!

Who else has been watching the show? What are your thoughts? Or have you read the book? And don’t forget you can also get this book on audio by going to Libro.fm & using my code MOMLOVESREADING to get a 3-for-1 special on audiobooks. Click HERE to go straight to this book.

Stay safe out there, everyone, & let’s flatten this curve together! (Now go wash your hands…)

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