Saturday, August 22, 2020

Five flawed characters you’ll learn to appreciate

Amy Stuart is the #1 bestselling author of three novels, Still Mine, Still Water, and Still Here. Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Stuart is the founder of Writerscape, an online community for hopeful and emerging writers. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons.

At CrimeReads, Stuart tagged "five thrilling novels with deeply flawed fictional characters we know you’ll learn to appreciate as you turn the pages." One title on the list:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In this literary thriller, Celeste Ng pulls off a perfect coup in forcing the reader to shift allegiances between an entire cast of unlikeable, and yet uncomfortably relatable, characters. Mia Warren and Elena Richardson couldn’t be more different, so when their lives collide in the cozy Ohio suburbia of Shaker Heights, the reader quickly recognizes that both women are deeply flawed. At the core of our human nature is the understanding that we’re all capable of terrible or underhanded things in the name of protecting or avenging those we love, and this novel capitalizes on that truth in big ways. As the story moves forward, Ng delves far enough into both Mia and Elena’s pasts to tell us why they are the way they are, and even build some empathy for them. Recently adapted into a TV series by Reese Witherspoon, Little Fires Everywhere is no doubt a read-the-book first proposition.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Little Fires Everywhere is among Kate Hamer's top ten teenage friendships in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue