Elliott Bay Book Company Capitol Hill
Mon., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. 2017
Recommended by Rich Smith
After winning tons of awards for her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng is back with a follow-up, Little Fires Everywhere. The new book has a lot in common with the old book—Ng appears to be fascinated with the particular way family dramas spark, alight, and smolder in Ohio towns, and she also loves when bad things happen to people who follow the rules—but instead of focusing on the hidden complexities of a Chinese American girl’s inner life, the new novel examines the slightly broader complexities of mother-daughter relationships. In general, her work is lauded by writers such as Alexander Chee for possessing the thrills of genre fiction without losing the linguistic integrity of literary fiction, and also for exploring the under-represented and multifaceted stories of Asian Americans.