The second novel by Celeste Ng has become an international bestseller for a reason, Celeste depicts lives in the small town of Shaker Heights, where everybody stays in their perfectly well-behaved bubble. Elena Richardsons’ family are the ideal candidates for this town.
Everything is running just as it should be until outsiders, Mia a drifting artist and her daughter Pearl rent a house from the Richardsons. While Pearl grows closer with the Richardson’s children, unlike Elena and Mia who remain wary of each other and indeed they have a right to be.
Even more so, when the Richardson’s friends the Mcloughs’ decide to adopt a Chinese baby girl, forcing Mia and Elena onto opposing sides. Determined not to let Mia get in the way of her friends’ happiness, Elena digs into Mia’s past, which reveals secrets that will change both of their lives.
This beautifully written novel is gripping and explores how people from all different walks of life can intertwine and secrets can’t stay hidden forever.