Celeste Ng has written a new book about the drama of suburban life. Set in Shaker Heights Ohio, this book draws upon Ms. Ng's childhood and weaves a complex fictional story that is compulsively readable and intriguing. (Albeit slightly disturbing also) The book explores the burden of secrets, the complexity of identity, and the ways in which suburban life can potentially both stifle and uplift our lives. This work has been well received and reviewed in publications from The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Harvard Review.
A fun fact about Ms. Ng is that one of her favorite books growing up was Harriet the Spy. Harriet was a sixth grader who carried a diary and recorded all of her observations on everyone she knew - from best friends to classmates. Perhaps that can help us trace Ms. Ng's interest in both the mystery of character and the complexity of identity. It can also explain her strong attention to detail, nuance and the revelation of character over time and through situations. Who are we is the question ultimately posed by Celeste Ng as we are asked to see the "little fires everywhere" in both our psyche's and our lives.