Celeste Ng has written my favorite book of 2017—Little Fires Everywhere. I adored her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, and it was a bestseller and one the “Best Books of 2014” according to numerous publications and websites, including NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle.
I read an advanced reader copy of Celeste’s sophomore novel back in May. An advanced reader copy, or A-R-C is an uncorrected proof of the book that the publisher binds and sends out to book reviewers, publicists, bloggers, booksellers, librarians, and others who will read and praise the book before it comes out. I read the ARC of Little Fires Everywhere in just two days and probably would have finished it in one if my husband hadn’t accidentally scooped the book into his bag with his gym clothes. I tore the place apart looking for the ARC, not because I couldn’t get another copy, but because I was desperate to find out what happened. That’s a little odd given that Celeste tells you exactly what happens on page one of the novel. I asked her about this structure during our interview.
Also in this week’s episode: Celeste talks about getting her MFA and everything she never told you about creating really tiny dim sum.
Don’t miss Celeste Ng in conversation with Daren Wang (the author of The Hidden Light of Northern Fires and my guest on Episode 1 of the Literary Atlanta podcast. Celeste and Daren will be at SCADShow in Atlanta this Monday, September 25th at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event, which means you need to visit the event website and buy a ticket, which includes a copy of the book. Celeste will be signing copies of the book after her talk.
Books Mentioned in This Episode
Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly (available for pre-order; publication date is October 10, 2017)