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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 the placid, progressive suburb of Shaker Heights 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 principal is playing by the rules.
Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother, 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 alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family - and Mia's.
- ASIN : B01N16F5RJ
- Publisher : Little, Brown Book Group; 1st edition (12 September 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2874 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story takes place in an upper-middle class suburb of Cleveland - Shaker Heights. At the very start of the novel we are witness to a house burning down however we then go back about a year in time to find out what led up to this event.
The house that was burning was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Richardson. Elena Richardson is a person who has always followed the rules she has worked as a journalist. The Richardson’s have four children; son’s Trip and Moody, and girls Lexie and Izzy... all is very conventional.
The story really begins when we are introduced to the two new tenants of a small house in the back owned by the Richardson’s. The tenants are a woman named Mia and her daughter Pearl. Mia is an eccentric and talented artist and her daughter Pearl is 14. The two of them have had a nomadic life barely living off the money Mia makes selling her art. This time Mia promises Pearl that they will stay and finally settle down, building roots and Pearl is delighted.
As the year progresses, the Richardson’s and Mia and Pearl all interact and the children enjoy having the new neighbours, however as time goes on, something happens that causes Mrs. Richardson to delve back into her journalist roots and when she looks into Mia’s past, everyone is in for some surprises...
Celeste Ng is so gifted her stories touch you deeply and leave me thinking and feeling for the characters for days after I’ve finished it. As the story unravels, we discover ordinary people who had to face harsh experiences and are now silently carrying their scars.
If you like stories of entangled human relationships coupled with kindness and wonderful prose this is a great read. After all, those in glasses houses shouldn't throw stones...
I really enjoyed it
This is a perfect manual for middle class families. I enjoyed the depiction of various characters. I felt relief for all those families out there, less than perfect but giving pleasure in ordinary ways.
This book was exceptional in story telling, character development and completely engaging.
I very much enjoyed this story and will be looking up this author's other books.
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The story is exquisitely told, unfolding with tantalizing slowness. It’s disquieting and addictive, unutterably sad, and it haunts you long after you turn the final page. Ng’s characters rise up from the pages, facet by facet, intricately formed; recognizable but so much more than bland stereotypes.
Elena Richardson, journalist and mother of four, lives her perfect, black and white life. Obsessed by rules and order, she is controlling, self-righteous, judgmental and interfering. Her youngest daughter, 14 year-old Izzy, is the antithesis of everything Elena holds dear. Willful and impulsive, Izzy exudes a restless energy that Elena finds infuriating and confounding — she’s the proverbial cuckoo in the nest.
Single mum and photographic artist, Mia, is the Richardson’s new tenant, and to Izzy, everything her mother is not: vibrant, passionate, spontaneous — and she doesn’t judge. Recognizing a kindred spirit, Mia takes Izzy under her wing and feeds her hunger for photography.
When Elena and Mia find themselves on opposite sides of a moral dilemma, Elena starts digging into Mia’s past. The secrets she uncovers unleash a series of events that culminate in a moment of devastating, life-changing clarity for Elena.
Ng’s messaging is both incisive and powerful. A neat, monochrome world may be some people’s idea of perfection, but what is life without colour? Without those flares of passion and excitement, of spontaneity? This is a book all mothers should read; the little fires in our children should be fanned, not quenched.
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