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Bestselling author of 'Little Fires Everywhere' talks about show based in Shaker Heights

Posted: 10:50 AM, Mar 18, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-18 10:53:21-04

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — With so many of us now spending a lot more time at home due to the new coronavirus and helping to reduce the spread, we have the perfect way to help pass the time. Little Fires Everywhere is now on Hulu.

The series is based on the 2017 bestselling author Celeste Ng, who grew up in Shaker Heights, which is also where the story is based.

The show’s description says it follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mom and daughter who upend their lives.

The cast includes Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

News 5 spoke over the phone with Celeste.

While the show wasn’t filmed here, she says they made sure it had the “Shaker” look and feel.

"I drove with one of the producers around neighborhoods in LA to find houses that looked like they could work,” she said. “I know that the production designer looked at Shaker magazines and books about Shaker, its architecture and houses. And when I saw the actual house that they used for the Richardson's house, it really looked like a house that could've been in shaker to me. So, I think they did a pretty good job."

She says the show stays pretty true to the book with a few plot twists.

She says she hopes viewers are grabbed by the story. She says that’s what she wants in a book or show.

“I hope that as they watch the show, they'll start to change their perceptions of the characters,” said Ng. “Whoever they think the characters are at the beginning, I hope they start to see more sides of them as they get through the show and they see the character change and realize there’s more to them than they first thought. That's always what I try to do with my writing, is to show that situations are more complicated, and people are more complicated, and hopefully the show will do the same thing."

Hulu has posted the first three episodes of Little Fires Everywhere.