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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I just finished this one today. It's not a very long book, but I don't have loads of time anymore. Anyway, this would make a great book to bring to a book club. I wanted to dissect and discuss immediately. There are some complicated situations and dynamics and just does a fantastic job presenting all of the various perspectives. They were multi-layered. The entitlement of the affluent is immediately recognizable, and yet you can still find yourself if not exactly sympathizing then at least understanding some of their emotions and what a mess we can make.
Something that really struck a cord with me was when one character tells another that she is resentful because she sees something in her she had to give up in her own life. I think that nails what is going on with our culture. People tend to demonize the poor - just one popular example is the welfare queen. We even refer to pulic assistance as "entitlement benefits". You know, because the lazy poor think they're entitled to things like food and shelter. But is this in large part because the affluent feel they are so entitled? They play by rules, they "work hard", they are "good people." Why should anyone else get something for free? I've long had a problem with my own mother's attitude toward the poor because she herself is always trying to get something for nothing. But it isn't just her. It's a widespread epidemic with people deciding what they deserve and judging others by that one limited perspective.
Anyway, just my two cents. Take it or leave it. But I do recommend this book.

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