Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

The story begins at the end, with the Richardson house ablaze. Mother, Elena, has always followed the rules and her life is upended when Mia Warren, a visual artist and non-conformer, moves to town with her daughter, Pearl. Pearl is befriended by the Richardson children and they become mesmerized by Mia. Their lives become entangled and unravel in unforseen ways. The novel is beautifully, gently written – with characters that are well-meaning, if misguided, doing damage to those they love and those they disdain, but shouldn’t.