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The Hivery Book Club: Little Fires Everywhere

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Come gather with a group of women to discuss some of the most thought intriguing, conversation-inducing reads. Curated and led by Julie Carlucci, this casual book conversation is the perfect way to get involved, meet new people, and share. 

"Reading is a solitary act, an experience of interiority. To read a book is to burst the confines of one’s consciousness and enter another world. What happens when you read a book in the company of others? You enter its world together but see it in your own way; and it’s through sharing those differences of perception that the book group acquires its emotional power." - New York Times

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

"Traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives"—

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. 

Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. 

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

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.


Takes unerring aim at upper-middle-class America’s blind spots...a nuanced study of mothers and daughters and the burden of not belonging to our families or our communities
— Vogue
I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng’s writing — and unsettled by the mirror held up to one’s own beliefs.
— Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time
Ng’s stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest...[A] tour de force.
— Booklist (starred review)

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required.. Free for members. $30 for non-members. All are welcome!

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Refund Policy
We know that life happens and things change. We will gladly offer you a full refund for a workshop or event when requested via email to events@thehivery.com at least seven days prior to the event. Please note that no refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of a workshop or event.

ABOUT JULIE CARLUCCI

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Julie Carlucci brings over 15 years of general management experience to The Hivery as VP of Strategy and Operations. She has held executive marketing positions for Fortune 100 consumer package goods companies after graduating from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Julie specializes in new product development in both domestic and international markets and has worked in venture-funded as well as non-profit startups.

Julie also manages the Signed First Editions club at Book Passage and leads three different book discussions in Southern Marin.  She is passionate about all types of stories and celebrates the way they illuminate the human condition and bring people together.