Read This: Little Fires Everywhere
This fictional tale set in Shaker Heights, a progressive suburb of Cleveland, tells the story of what happens when two very different families collide. The story grabs your attention right from the beginning - 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 – and holds it until the surprising end.
"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 is so good in fact that Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are teaming up to make Little Fires Everyone into a series.
I loved Little Fires for both its relatability and its engrossing tale. This passage in particular struck me, so much so that I snapped a picture of it and have re-read it many times -
To a parent, your child wasn’t just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she’d been and the child she’d become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again.
If you haven’t read Little Fires Everywhere you’ll want to before seeing it on the big (little) screen.