Join us at Speer Memorial Library in Mission on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, for a discussion of the book Little Fires Everywhere, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

In 1998, Elena Richardson lives with her husband and four children in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a progressive suburb of Cleveland. Elena’s strict, rules-oriented life exemplifies the ideals of Shaker Heights, an orderly community where everything is planned—the streets, the houses, and even the lives of its residents.

Mia Warren, a mysterious, free-spirited photographer and single mother who works part time at a Chinese restaurant, also resides in Shaker Heights, living with her teenage daughter in a rental house owned by Elena.

Mark and Linda McCullough, friends of the Richardsons, have recently adopted a Chinese-American baby who had been abandoned at a fire station. Elena’s oldest daughter, fascinated by the story, tells Mia, who realizes that the baby is actually the daughter of a restaurant co-worker, Bebe Chow. Bebe had abandoned the child due to economic adversity, but has since begun searching for her.

Mia tells Bebe about the adoption, and Bebe sues for custody, creating a case that divides the peaceful community as residents take sides. Elena, who sides with the McCulloughs, is angry at Mia and decides to investigate Mia’s secret past. But, when Elena acts on the information that she finds, and the truth that she thinks she knows, it leads to costly and unforeseen consequences for herself and others.

Written by Celeste Ng, and first published in 2017, Little Fires Everywhere is a novel about deep secrets, the bonds of motherhood, seeking happiness through planning and rules, and the misunderstandings and mistrust that can result.

We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available as an eBook and eAudiobook at

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner at 580-8754. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at