Tuesday October 24, 2017

Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere ponders the meaning of motherhood

(Kevin Day Photography, Penguin Random House Canada)

Listen 16:38

Race is not something a lot of people like to talk about. You don't want to come off sounding insensitive or too sensitive. But, most of all, it can be uncomfortable because talking about racial tensions can often show us our own prejudices. In author Celeste Ng's new New York Times bestselling novel, Little Fires Everywhere, she tackles that discomfort. 

Ng's book takes us to Shaker Heights, a quiet upper-middle-class town in Ohio. The locals there see themselves as progressive and generous, but a custody battle over a Chinese-American baby divides the suburb. 

Ng joins Tom Power today to discuss her latest novel, issues of race and identity and her celebrity fans. 

— Produced by Elaine Chau