April 2021 – Celeste Ng

Image by Kevin Day for celestng.com

This month we celebrate Celeste Ng! Author of the acclaimed novel Little Fires Everywhere.

A miniseries, of the same name, based on the book premiered on March 18, 2020.

Wikipedia
Tony Luong for The New York Times

Upbringing and Schooling

Celeste was born on the 30th July 1980 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But when Ng was 10 years old herself and her family moved to Shaker Heights in Ohio (Wikimedia). During her high school years, according to Wikipedia, she was involved with a student group on race relations for three years and a co-editor of the school’s literary magazine, Semanteme.

After graduating high school in 1998, Ng went on to Harvard University. She then attended the University of Michigan, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing.

Literature Career

According to The New York Times, Ng is known for her literary page-turners that disassemble family dynamics, and parse suburban life and attitudes about race in America.

Everything I Never Told You

Her first novel, Everything I Never Told You debuted in 2014. It centers around a mixed race Chinese-American family during the 1970’s. Their middle child Lydia, the favorite child of her parents (Marilyn and James Lee), is found drowned in a lake. This discovery unravels the ties that hold the Lee family together.

Described as a gripping page-turner by Goodreads, the novel has won notable awards. Among those won is the Amazon Book of the Year Award in 2014. It was also a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, It was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award 2015, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature 2015, and the ALA’s (American Library Association) Alex Award 2015.

Everything I Never Told You from Ushashi Basu

Little Fires Everywhere

Ng’s second novel is one that most people are more familiar with, Little Fires Everywhere. It is a 2017 novel and takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The story centers around two families who are brought together by their children (Wikipedia).

An excerpt from Goodreads, reads as follows:

“Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”

Goodreads

The novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Next bestseller, and Amazon’s Best Fiction Book of 2017 (Celeste NG). Over 25 publications has named it as the best best book of the year. It won both the Ohioana Award and the Goodreads Readers Choice Award 2017 in Fiction (Celeste NG). The novel was also chosen as the No.2 book by Amazon (New York Times).

A miniseries of the same name was released in March 2020. The miniseries is based on the book and stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as the main characters.


Works Cited List

Luong, Tony. Celeste Ng – Tony Luong for The New York Times. Digital Image. “Celeste Ng Is More Than a Novelist”. The New York Times Company. 20 Dec 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/books/celeste-ng-everything-i-never-told-you-little-fires-everwhere.html
Lamy, Nicole. “Celeste Ng Is More Than a Novelist”. The New York Times Company. 20 Dec 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/books/celeste-ng-everything-i-never-told-you-little-fires-everwhere.html
Day, Kevin. Celeste Ng is the author of two novels, Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. Digital image. “ABOUT CELESTE”. 30 March 2021. https://www.celesteng.com/about
Celeste Ng. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 28 March 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celeste_Ng
Basu, Ushashi. Review: Everything I Never Told You. Digital Image. Ushashi Basu. 11 Aug 2019. 30 March 2021. https://ushashibasu.com/tag/everything-i-never-told-you/
“Celeste Ng.” AZQuotes.com. Wind and Fly LTD, 2021. 30 March 2021. https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1484309
“Everything I Never Told You”. Goodreads. 31 March 2021. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693763-everything-i-never-told-you
Everything I Never Told You. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 18 August 2020. 31 March 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_I_Never_Told_You
“Little Fires Everywhere (novel)”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 28 February 2021. 31 March 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Fires_Everywhere_(novel)
“Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author)” Goodreads. 31 March 2021. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51704136-little-fires-everywhere
“Little Fires Everywhere (miniseries)”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 27 March 2021. 31 March 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Fires_Everywhere_(miniseries)
“ABOUT CELESTE”. CELESTE NG. 31 March 2021. https://www.celesteng.com/about

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