Da questo romanzo la serie Little Fires Everywhere con Reese Witherspoon e Kerry Washington su Amazon Prime Video.
1998, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. Una comunità fondata su un insediamento Shaker e popolata da una maggioranza di benintenzionati democratici e abbienti, seguaci, anche se non proprio rigorosi, delle drastiche regole di vita stabilite dai loro predecessori. E due protagoniste diversissime: Elena Richardson, quattro figli, perfezionista, impegnata in attività benefiche, ricca, che incarna la filosofia Shaker; Mia, madre single che ha scelto una vita itinerante fatta di lavori saltuari per dedicare tutto il tempo libero alla fotografia artistica, al momento occupata come domestica in casa Richardson in cambio di un piccolo alloggio. Mia ha una figlia adolescente, Pearl, che stringe amicizia con i ragazzi Richardson, si trova benissimo a Shaker Heights e convince la madre a metter fine al loro vagabondaggio. Ma presto quella che dovrebbe essere una svolta decisiva nella vita delle due donne diventa un problema.
Quando un’amica dei Richardson cerca di adottare una neonata sinoamericana, Elena e Mia si ritroveranno schierate su due fronti opposti nella successiva battaglia per la custodia, che vede contrapposte la madre adottiva americana e la madre naturale cinese. Nella mente della democratica Mrs Richardson scatta il sospetto che Mia nasconda un passato torbido, ed è decisa a fare chiarezza. Ma la sua indagine ossessiva avrà un costo altissimo per tutti.
Con uno stile fluido, paragonato dalla critica americana a quello di Elena Ferrante, Celeste Ng mette a nudo controversi, attualissimi, problemi sociali – immigrazione, povertà, razza, adozioni, e diffusa ipocrisia – e insieme esplora la natura di arte e identità, il peso dei segreti, la forza del legame materno. E il pericolo del credere che seguire le regole possa proteggerci dall’imprevisto.
- ISBN: 8833930424
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 384
The order of the small town on the riverbankForever at war with the order of the dark and starlit soul —Adrienne Rich, “8/1/68” The nonconformist has always been at war with the suburbs—Adrienne Rich was writing about it 50 years ago, and she surely was not the first. I can understand this dichotomy; Leggi tutto
My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpress.com/ “Little Fires Everywhere” is my first read by Celeste Ng, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last. I could easily have read this book in just one or two sittings but life got in the way (in this case life being a glass Leggi tutto
All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. 4 1/2 stars. You should go into this book expecting what it is: a slow-moving character portrait filled with complex family dynamics and small-town politics. If you know what this is, l
*4.25 stars* Little Fires Everywhere is such an apt title for a novel that delves into the intricacies and angst that undoubtedly burns through some relationships—maybe none more so than mother and daughter. At its core, this story explores the notion that being a mother doesn’t mean being perfect ; i Leggi tutto
Dang! If this book does not get your brain churning, well, then you did not read the same book I just did! This book is filled with so many scenarios with so many questions and no perfect answers. Every situation is a little pile of kindling and any of the questionable solutions will only ignite the f Leggi tutto
4.5 stars. I was hooked while listening to the audiobook and finished it in 2 days. The family dynamics, tension, and nuance is well done. The themes about parenting and motherhood - what is considered "good" parenting and who is a "good" mother - was such an interesting exploration, along with how
my LORD i truly enjoyed this. there were a few minor things with the pacing that i would have changed just a smidge, and it didn't impact me quite as much as ng's debut, but this was beautiful and wonderful in its own way. i am SO excited for the adaptation. also, i can safely say now that celeste n Leggi tutto
UPDATE: have just watched the first episode of this tv show on Hulu. as someone who really loved the book a lot before the adaptation was even announced: I am a very big fan. Kerry Washington as Mia is a really good choice. also, for personal reasons, Pearl is my favorite character now. “Mos
Update.... because I don’t know where else to ask this question: how many saw the Hulu series? Thoughts? I loved it. I liked it better than my experience of reading the book. The lead and supporting actors were so well chosen. Kerry Washington was outstanding...... I think she deserves to win an award Leggi tutto
So, self-identification determines if a book is YA? Based on more than 60% of the content, this is young adult material. It’s good; parts are excellent, others not so much. I liked Mia’s backstory as she became an artist using experimental photography. I thought that the custody dispute concerning “ Leggi tutto
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