Welcome back to week 3 of our Little Fires Everywhere virtual book club! Each week on Sunday, we’ll be posting discussion questions to chat about in the comments below. Some of our librarians have already gotten the discussion started in previous weeks, and we’d love to hear what you have to say!
For this week, we’re going to start talking about a few more serious topics: race, class, and society, and how they impact the novel and its themes.
- What were your thoughts regarding the Mirabelle McCullough / May Ling Chow case? Whose side were on? Did your allegiance change?
- How are class and race treated in this novel? What impact do they have on the story’s events and the way the characters respond?
- Describe Shaker Heights and its sense of itself as a refuge and “a little bit of heaven on earth.” Would you enjoy living there or somewhere like it? Consider why Celeste Ng might have set her novel in such a place? If you’ve been to Shaker Heights, do you think the way the book describes the city is faithful to the real place? Can you see something like the events of the novel happening in real life in Shaker Heights?
Questions from litlovers.com, some additions from me.
Whether you add your thoughts or just read the discussion, thank you for being here! We miss you too, and we’ll get through this together.