Celeste Ng’s Mom is Really Not Impressed With Her Daughter’s Latest NYT Accomplishment

The best-selling author tweeted her mom's hilarious "ego check."

Celeste Ng Mom Ego Checks Daughter, Celeste Ng Mom Little Fires Everywhere

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no harsher critic in the universe than your own mother, and thanks to Celeste Ng, we now know that even New York Times bestselling authors are not immune to this fact.

Yesterday (January 18), the author of the critically acclaimed Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You posted a screenshot of a text message exchange with her mother on Twitter that was all too relatable.

“Morning mom! Thought you might like to see this week’s NYT bestseller list,” Ng wrote, followed by a screenshot that shows the author’s most recent work Little Fires Everywhere at No. 4 in Hardcover Fiction on the publication’s bestseller list.

Her mom’s response: “Great, going to brunch downstairs in a little while. Love you.”


In good stride, Ng went on to joke about the interaction on Twitter, adding, “There was also the time she translated some of my Chinese one-star reviews for me (unsolicited).”

We love that Ng decided to share this humbling moment on social media, reminding us all that even the most talented voices of our generation are not above a swift undercut from our loved ones. Or maybe her mom was really just that excited about brunch.

Justine Goode
the authorJustine Goode
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LA-born reader. English major. Liberal with em-dashes.