Little Fires Everywhere – based on a book by Celeste Ng
What makes a woman a mother? Does every mother deserve to be one? Big, big, big issues are dissected in this truly amazing story. Looking at relationships from different points of view, how daughters see their mothers. How mothers see their children. Image is smashed apart with a sledge hammer in this thoroughly gripping series. I can’t rate it high enough.
In a way I wish I had read the book first, because now I’ve seen the series I don’t think I can read it. The series was just that good. The acting was brilliant, and my husband and I were on the edge of seats throughout the whole thing – which we binged watched! When the final credits went up Andrew said, ‘I think that’s one of the best things we’ve ever watched’ so it’s not just for women.
Stunning Kerry Washington (who plays Mia Warren) had me in tears repeatedly. The story is so moving, and the acting so real. When my toes start flicking up and down it’s because I’m trying to rein in the tears. Let’s just say my feet were hardly still!
Quick synopsis: Mia Warren and her daughter Lexi turn up in the sleepy town of Shaker Heights. Obviously on the run from something Mia won’t sign a year’s lease, on an apartment she rents from Reese Witherspoon’s character, Elena Richardson. Both women have daughters… and problems. Elena is ‘Miss Adorable’ of Shaker Heights, beautifully turned out, beautiful house, beautiful children, wonderful husband, her life is just perfect! But perfection turns out to be an image that needs smashing, because her children are struggling to be… normal. Mia, a stunning, creative artist/photographer, has a secret that’s eating her up and stealing her joy. Sparks fly as these two very different, strong women get to know each other.
Reese Witherspoon does a wonderful job of showing us who Elena really is. I literally yelled at her at one stage I was so worked up… that’s great story telling.
So read the book or watch the show, but whatever you do… don’t miss out on this amazing story.