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This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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The story is wonderfully written -- it will make you smile, it will make you outright laugh. And it will make you cry. I love getting into a story that gets you so involved that it brings out your emotions. And this one truly does.
The links that Cassie has posted, give you little blurbs about what the story is about so I'm not going to give anything else away -- you'll just have to read it.
You've done a beautiful job, Babe! I love you! And ...... Bring on the next one!
Can't wait to see what Cassie writes next!
The story has alternating perspectives between Duane and Ann, and has three parts. The beginning and end of the story take place in Nashville and the middle in Arizona. I read a lot of good atmosphere details when the story moves to Arizona (where the writer lives), but the Nashville scenes feel sterile and artificial. Writers: write about places you know well, so readers can know those places better. I'm not sure why any part of this book needed to be in Nashville, anyway?
The heroine, Ann, has used some money from an inheritance to start a bakery with two friends. I love this plot line of the young entrepreneur and her growing business. I love a three-woman friend partnership. I am not sure how selling a few cups of coffee and two trays of giant cupcakes each day pays three women enough to live on. (Not many bakeries survive today -- it's Starbucks or Dunkin or wholesale cupcake businesses in my neighborhood). Those details (what they sell) are a little hazy. I am also certain that bakers need to be early to rise and in several scenes, Ann sleeps through her start time. She cannot be an entrepreneur and also lazy, hungover and/or love-struck and daydreaming. It's a business. She spent a lot of money to build it and start it. Logic says Ann would be making her job more of a priority or she would be hiring a baker to bake pastries and make coffee until she can roll in to help behind the counter at 0800. That's what a late-sleeping heiress would do.
In the meet cute scene, Ann is at a bar and is called up on stage to sing. How does she know the guy who calls her up there? That is not explained. They have a piano on stage? Unusual but possible. And her singing and performing -- she went to community college for performing arts -- never happens again in the book. (For some reason, she has decided to be a baker.). I was hoping her friend Jason would move to Nashville and they could sing or perform together, but that plot line dies on the vine.
Duane is also a self-starter: he's a young attorney who works nights and weekends on his family's 50-acre ranch, where they harvest alfalfa hay. This detail -- the size of the ranch -- needs more research. I am fairly certain this small acreage crop will not sustain a family as a source of income for a year. (Was it a typo -- 500 acres? There are some typos here and there.) I am also certain that a law firm will not allow a young attorney to leave work for a week for a non-paying client. (She has the means to pay his legal fees. She has the means to buy the airline tickets and rental car and his hotel room, too. He decides not to accept payment or even ask for it, for some reason -- I suspect the author wants it to look like chivalry). Rightly, Duane's decision to be an unpaid lawyer who moves out of the hotel and into an adjacent bedroom, confuses Ann. He's not professional enough to address the issue honestly with her. I would re-write this section if I were the author. For example, she might fix this: Duane buys last-minute same-day first class airline tickets for them to fly from Nashville to Arizona -- has the author priced out that decision? Maybe $10k/ticket. Is he supposed to be independently wealthy? Things that indicate he is not rich are: He drives an old Ford truck. He has raised his younger brother single-handedly, no housekeeper. At one point, Duane says he has done things as an attorney that he is not proud of doing. Attorneys do not think that way. All clients deserve to have good representation. He is bound to do a good job for each client and he would be proud of doing a good job, even if he does not like the work itself.
Jason is a best friend character. He has a role to play in the Arizona scenes (Ann stays at his house, so does Duane) but then he falls off the map. I liked this character a lot. He mentions moving to Nashville -- what happens with that? I thought he might end up with one of the two friend bakers.
As for the romance: it's love at first sight. This happens early in the book, so no spoilers. I will say: the getting to know you period spans the entire balance of the book. What explains the author's decision to write multiple scenes of this-but-not-that physical contact for two attractive, experienced adults in their mid-20s? They keep postponing things, or being interrupted. Randomly, a steamy limousine scene pops up -- she should cut that cliche right out. These are not limousine-riding characters -- they're ranchers, bakers and a lawyer who live (for some reason) in Nashville.
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This book is centered on Ann who us trying to find out about her father's death. There is speculation surrounding how he died and she needs answers.Read more