Celeste Ng’s new novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is a book that made me think, and sometimes squirm. As proven by her bestselling first novel (Everything I Never Told You), she’s a wonderful writer who creates vibrant characters. But what most attracts me to this book, and to this author, is how smart she is. Reading her new book, I found myself pondering what it means to be a liberal, what it means to be a mother, and what each of us owes to family. Once again she tackles tough subjects like race and adoption, just to mention two. Somehow she manages not to preach, but to set up, among people who feel real, situations that don’t have easy, pre-packaged answers. Make yourself smarter and more aware. Buy this book.