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Celeste Ng

Autor de Little Fires Everywhere

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Celeste Ng was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and studied English. She went on to graduate school at the University of Michigan and earned her Master's of Fine Arts in writing. While attending the University of Michigan, Ng won mostrar más the Hopwood Award for her short story, What Passes Over. Ng was a recipient of a Pushcart Prize in 2012 for her story Girls, At Play. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You: A Novel, is a literary thriller that focuses on an American family in 1970s Ohio. This book won Amazon book of the Year in 2014. Little Fires Everywhere is her second novel, published in September 2017. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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(eng) The novelist is also the author of Let's Go Western Europe 2002, a travel series written by Harvard students.

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Obras de Celeste Ng

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Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel (2022) — Contribuidor — 98 copias
Let's Go Western Europe 2002 (2001) — Contribuidor — 3 copias


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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Harvard University (BA ∙ MFA)
University of Michigan (MFA)
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Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Hopwood Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and the ALA's Alex Award and is a 2016 NEA fellow. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter: @pronounced_ing.
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The novelist is also the author of Let's Go Western Europe 2002, a travel series written by Harvard students.



I'm glad I saw the show before reading the book. Had I read the book before the show came out, I may not have watched the show. For the most part, the show was true to the book but I enjoyed the show much more than the book.

The book starts out with Mrs. (Elena) Richardson standing on her lawn in her bathrobe watching her house burn. Three of her 4 children are behind her but she does not know where her 4th child, Izzy, is. She fears that Izzy is the one who set the house on fire.

Then, the story goes back to when Mia and Pearl Warren arrive in town and are in need of a place to rent. They rent part of Mrs. Richardson's rental property and start to get situated in the neighborhood. The neighborhood that has rules - grass cannot be over a certain length, houses on one side of the street can only be "this" color while houses on the other side can be "that" color.

Pearl becomes friends with Mrs. Richardson's kids - Moody, Trip, Lexie and Izzy - and they hang out and spend time together. Izzy forms a bond with Pearl's mom, Mia who is an artist. Mia also works at a Chinese restaurant when she befriends a waitress there who had left her baby outside a fire station some months prior. Mia also becomes a cleaner for Mrs. Richardson. Mrs. Richardson realizes Mia isn't what she says she is and starts looking into her background.

Meantime, Mia realizes that the baby her co-worker left at the fire station may be adopted by friends of Mrs. Richardson's and she convinces the baby's birth mom to pursue custody of her baby.
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Cathie_Dyer | 370 reseñas más. | Feb 29, 2024 |
Parents should not impress their own unworked-through issues onto their children; it can make the children suffer.
Lydia knew what they wanted so desperately, even when they didn't ask. Every time, it seemed such a small thing to trade for their happiness. So she studied algebra in the summertime. She put on a dress and went to the freshman dance. She enrolled in biology at the college, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, all summer long. Yes. Yes. Yes.
So every time her mother said Do you want ---? she had said yes. She knew what her parents had longed for, without them saying a word, and she had wanted them happy. Read this book. Yes. Want this. Love this. Yes.
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lelandleslie | 368 reseñas más. | Feb 24, 2024 |
Beautifully captures the immigrant experience through a slow-burn family drama.

What's good:
- How Celeste Ng's articulates the loneliness and dull ache(??) that comes with being a visible minority is spot on. I've experienced this time and time and time again throughout my life. But witnessing the same thing through the eyes of another character and have that pain be internalized and then passed on to the next generation just made me choke up.
- The literary usage of Lydia's death as a starting point to explain how each parents' own struggles evolved to expectations that eventually kill her and tear the family apart was brilliantly executed. Each time I think of this story, I uncover a new (to me) way Celeste Ng was tucking in some sort of symbolism, foreshadowing, etc.
- The depiction of James' parents going through every back door and jumping through every hoop to get him the opportunities that every other kid in town has... and the shame that James has about that and guilt for being ashamed. DEAD ON. Even though James grew up in the 70s, switch the names and it could be my sister's experience in the 90s. It's still a reality for many first generation Chinese families.

What didn't work:
- Literally nothing. God bless this woman.
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ratatatatatat | 368 reseñas más. | Feb 21, 2024 |
The library where I work chose this for their "one book" this year. One of the more depressing books I've read in the past 12 months. Maybe because I live in the area it's even easier to imagine, and maybe because it seems plausible in this election year. In an America post "crisis," Asian Americans are the out group, because people associate them with China, the major bad player. Not only are Asians the out group, but anyone not deemed patriotic enough can have their children removed! That is a really scary prospect, since if you disagree with the government, you will be deemed unpatriotic.

The book was okay for me; not as good as Little Fires, but thought-provoking.
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fromthecomfychair | 76 reseñas más. | Feb 13, 2024 |



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