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Little Fires Everywhere

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What it’s about:

The lives of two mothers from different socioeconomic backgrounds become intertwined, leading to a dramatic clash in a midwestern suburb in the late 1990s.

Names you might know:

Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington

Why it’s worth your time:

After the 90s nostalgia wears off from this small-town soap opera, you’ll be captivated by a series of jaw-dropping scenes in this ferocious family drama about perfecting parenthood against the backdrop of late-90s racial tensions and class divides.

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington play adversaries in a picturesque town as the life of Elena Richardson (Witherspoon) is turned upside down by Mia (Washington) and her teen daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood).  The young cast are fantastic finds, as newcomers Underwood and Megan Stott, who plays Elena’s angry teen Izzy, battle the leads with riveting scenes that push the envelope when it comes to mother-daughter tensions.

With nearly every episode ending on a season finale-worthy cliffhanger, you’ll be hooked through all eight of them. An explosive episode 3 plot turn makes every sideline character the catalyst for the show’s tension moving forward.

The takeaway:

It’s official—Reese Witherspoon is a powerhouse. While she may have remained on the defense in Big Little Lies and The Morning Show, she’s a complete bulldog on the offense in a series full of powerful lines and dramatic turns that would give the cast of Desperate Housewives a run for their money.  Trust me, the bathroom scene in episode 7 alone will leave you stunned.

Watch it with:

Any of your book club members looking for an adapted fan-favorite or a family member seeking talkaboutable fodder perfect for the dinner table.

Worth noting:

The series is based on a best-selling novel by Celeste Ng. So if you’re looking to spend more time in these “fires,” check out the book for an extended history lesson on these characters.

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