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Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng


‘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.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours 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.

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

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

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Favourite Book To Screen Adaptations

I love watching tv and movie adaptations of the books I’ve read and loved over the years. I’m always apprehensive though because they’re so often badly done. I’m always so disappointed when an adaptation isn’t faithful to the source material, and can often be heard shouting at the television in frustration, something along the lines of ‘That wasn’t in the book!!’. However, sometimes, they get it right, and this post has five of my favourite book to screen adaptations!

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I was lucky enough to receive an extra copy of Ponti by Sharlene Teo, via the very kind Alice at Pan Macmillan, so, with her permission, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway! All you have to do to enter is :

-Follow this blog

-Follow me on Twitter @TheReadingNook1

-Like and share my giveaway post over there.


A little bit about the book

‘It is 2003, and in the sweltering heat of Singapore sixteen-year-olds Szu and Circe develop an intense friendship. For Szu it offers an escape from Amisa, her beautiful, cruel mother – once an actress and now the silent occupant of their rusty house. But for Circe, their friendship does the opposite, bringing her one step closer to the fascinating, unknowable Amisa.

Seventeen years later, Circe finds herself adrift and alone. And then a project comes up at work, a remake of the cult seventies horror film series ‘Ponti’, the same series that defined Amisa’s short-lived film career. Suddenly Circe is knocked off balance : by memories of the two women she once knew, by guilt, and by a lost friendship that threatens her conscience…’

About the author

‘Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an LLB in Law from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing Award. She was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize and holds fellowships from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the University of Iowa International Writing Program. In 2016 she won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel.’ – taken from the press release

This is an ARC of the novel, which is due to be published on the 18th of April 2019. If you’d like to be in with a chance to read this, please follow the steps above!

Good luck!