One of my favourite apps and website is goodreads. The idea is simple, you update as you read a book, leave a review and star rating when you finish. You can follow friends and authors alike to try and find your next read. Little Fires Everywhere won the best fiction book in 2017. Naturally, I had to read it.
I can easily see why Little Fires Everywhere won the award. It’s a fascinating look at how people perceive themselves, how others perceive them and the little lies that people tell. The book follows the Richardson family in the picture perfect Shaker Heights. Shaker Heights has regulations and rules to no end to constantly portray this perfect life. Elena, the mother of four children is always trying to uphold this Stepford Wife life. Elena is a landlord, her latest tenants Mia and daughter Pearl are the opposite of the Richardsons. They have moved a lot and don’t have a permanent home as such. Elena is manipulative towards them both. The characters themselves are interesting, especially as the story of Mia develops. I did not expect the story to take that twist.
I love the quote about starting over. Sometimes you do just need to start over, take the bad, make it good.
Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.