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Reese Witherspoon, John Green, and more want Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere to be your next book club obsession

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Critics have already gone head-over-heels for Celeste Ng’s new novel Little Fires Everywhere. Now, celebrities and high-profile authors are getting in on the recommending action, affirming the book as one of the must-reads of the year.

Most notably, newly-minted Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon named Little Fires Everywhere her new Book Club pick last week. “To say I love this book is an understatement,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.”

Fellow actor Mindy Kaling quickly picked up on the announcement, posting an Instagram Story that included a copy of the book and a shout-out to Witherspoon’s recommendation. (Penguin Press, publisher of Little Fires Everywhere, captured the Story in a tweet.)

And most extensively, the literary community has seized on the book as a major 2017 release. Fault in Our Stars author John Green shared a rave: “I am loving Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng,” he tweeted Sunday. “Maybe my favorite novel I’ve read this year. Anyone else read it?” Acclaimed young novelist Esmé Weijun Wang called it an “impeccable, beautiful book,” and Roxane Gay said directly to Ng last month, “I love your writing and am a fan.” Bestselling authors Judy Blume and Caroline Leavitt, among many others, have also sung Little Fires Everywhere‘s praises on social media.

Little Fires Everywhere was released earlier this month. An equally exciting and emotional family story, it explores themes of motherhood and secrets as it carefully traces the lives of the Richardson clan. In her A- review for EW, Leah Greenblatt wrote that “Ng has an acute sense of how real people (especially teenagers, the slang-slinging kryptonite of many an aspiring novelist) think and feel and communicate.”

Ng broke out in 2014 with her debut novel Everything I Never Told You, which was the winner of Amazon’s book of the year prize.