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13 Books Like Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Did you love the book Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng? I feel the exact same way

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Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s

Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them

Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost

Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved

But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and

If you like Celeste Ng’s writing, you’ll want to check out her debut novel, Everything

It touches on racism, sibling dynamics, identity, and the pressure children feel to please their parents

It’s a character-driven novel that will leave you with plenty to think about

If you loved Little Fires Everywhere, you’re almost guaranteed to like this one too

She’s got her little boy in tow – plus a secret she’s been carrying for five

But a minor incident involving the children of all three women rapidly escalates: playground whispers become spiteful

It was always going to end in tears, but how did it end in murder?

If you liked Little Fires Everywhere and the complicated, tangled family relationships it portrayed then you’ll

The relationships between Madeleine, Celeste, and Jane (and their respective children) are very interesting

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her

But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded

Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story

Unlikely friends, and later lovers, their small town beginnings in rural Ireland are swiftly eclipsed by the

Gradually their intense, mismatched love becomes a battleground of power, class, and the falsehoods they choose to

Normal People is a tale of deceptive simplicity, a very accessible narrative of two seemingly mismatched young

Marianne and Connell emerge almost shockingly real and deeply vulnerable in their different ways

You’ll love the ebb and flow of Marianne and Connell’s relationship, and the way that

The Center for Women’s Reproductive Health offers a last chance at hope – but nobody ends up

Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service

And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right

What makes a mother, and who gets to decide where a child belongs?

Similarly, A Spark of Light is a bold take on an emotionally complex issue, but the characters

Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the secondary school social food chain

Tully and Kate became inseparable and by summer’s end they vow that their friendship will last

Kate knows that all she wants is to fall in love and have a family

What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and a mother will change her

They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart

Firefly Lane is another story about two people with vastly different backgrounds

This story is a tender-hearted look at what it means to maintain friendships as an adult, and

It’s heartwarming and uplifting, a perfect read if you want a break from darker themes

It’s an enthralling, unputdownable story about life and death, moving backwards in time to unfold more

Quietly walking across a crowded courtroom to sit behind TJ, and not beside her parents, she announces

He is a criminal who should be brought to justice, no matter what the cost to his

Rain, TJ’s wife, is shocked that her handsome, loving, respected husband has been accused of a

But has her desperation to start a family closed her eyes to the fault lines in her

The Whole Golden World has a similar vibe, exploring the way a scandal can divide not just

This is another great choice for fans of Little Fires Everywhere who love a good mixture of

Ko’s novel is a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a

Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging

It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves

At the heart of Little Fires Everywhere is the story of identity

The plot moves at a pretty decent pace, so it’s another good one if you like

They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness,

But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later,

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed,

But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing

Little Broken Things is another story centred around difficult family dynamics, this time surrounding the sudden arrival

Quinn becomes a parent overnight, trying to navigate keeping a colossal secret while trying to keep the

It’s an interesting look at motherhood and the cost that comes with trying to hide a

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it

But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help

Such a Fun Age is Reid’s debut novel, and it explores race, privilege, and the difficulties

It’s a mixture of wry, observant social commentary and an in-depth look at an unusual relationship

It’s a mature look at what it means to be a grown-up, and the ways we

Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have

And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life? 

Expectation is a novel of the highs and lows of friendship – how it can dip, dive and

Most of all, it explores that liminal space between expectation and reality, the place – full of dreams,

It’s a little slower and more character-driven than Little Fires Everywhere, but it’s the kind

Each character is so well-developed and believable, you’ll find yourself caring deeply about them even after

Anna and Constant Guillot and their two daughters live in the peaceful, remote mountain village of Carmac

But when both families come under financial strain, the underlying class and racial tensions of their relationship

People Like Them is inspired by a true story, and it’s incredibly well-observed

Again, it explores the differences between an insulated local family and new, wealthy outsiders

In this book, the difficulties between the two families, particularly the racial and class tensions, reach a

It is unafraid to take a look at the uglier parts of the human heart, with subtle

Nobody wants to fit in more than Cali, a bright, small town girl with family secrets too

Sorority rush is weeks away and without a pedigree, Cali doesn’t have much of a chance

Her dorm room alone is as plain as a cardigan sweater, while the girls next door have

When a chance for promotion arises, Lilith slams her Chimmy Choo heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’

Lisa Patton’s Rush takes a sharp nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition while examining the complex

Achingly poignant yet chock-full of humor, Rush is an uplifting novel universal to us all

Rush by Lisa Patton alternates between the perspectives of main characters Cali, Wilda, and Pearl, each with

In a similar vein, this book explores the class divide, and the way money and status can

There you have it – my top recommendations for books like Little Fires Everywhere

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