June 2021 Book Group

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 4:00pm
Author: Celeste Ng

Join librarian Meredith to discuss "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng. Copies of the book are available at the library for checkout, or you can order a copy through Infosoup, the library's online catalog. This discussion will take place in the large meeting room next to the library, and masking will be required for all participants. If you are interested in attending virtually, please let us know by June 24th so this can be arranged.

"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. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than 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 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--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 unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster."

This New York Times bestseller was named Book of the Year by People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many more!

Book Group, the Scandinavia Public Library's book discussion group, normally meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December. (This month is an exception to that schedule.) Our discussions are open to anyone who has read the month's selected title and will participate in a civil manner. Readers are welcome to attend as many meetings as their interest and schedules permit. We read a wide variety of books, covering all genres, as well as occasional non-fiction titles. Titles are selected by our staff, but we also welcome suggestions from our readers!