Little Fires Everywhere

by

Celeste Ng

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A local lawyer who offers to represent Bebe Chow pro bono in her custody case against the state. Ed helps Bebe to file paperwork that grants her visitation rights with May Ling, and attempts to clinch the case in Bebe’s favor by revealing, through his line of questioning, the McCulloughs’ insensitivity to racist tropes about Chinese culture and their resulting inability to raise her in a way that connects her to her “birth culture” in any meaningful way.

Ed Lim Quotes in Little Fires Everywhere

The Little Fires Everywhere quotes below are all either spoken by Ed Lim or refer to Ed Lim. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Little Fires Everywhere published in 2017.
Chapter 16 Quotes

It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?

Page Number: 258
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Ed Lim Character Timeline in Little Fires Everywhere

The timeline below shows where the character Ed Lim appears in Little Fires Everywhere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
Order vs. Disruption Theme Icon
Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
...to hound the McCulloughs, and the story is featured each night. A local lawyer named Ed Lim offers to represent Bebe Chow pro bono. (full context)
Chapter 16
Order vs. Disruption Theme Icon
Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
The hearing begins, and Mr. Richardson and Ed Lim , in telling the “slow, painfully intimate story” of Bebe’s abandonment of May Ling, turn... (full context)
Order vs. Disruption Theme Icon
Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
Ed Lim describes Bebe’s leaving May Ling as “tucking her daughter onto a safe ledge while she... (full context)
Order vs. Disruption Theme Icon
Altruism and Manipulation Theme Icon
Mothers and Daughters Theme Icon
Identity: Heritage, Assimilation, and Transience Theme Icon
On the last day of the hearing, Mrs. McCullough is questioned, and Ed Lim establishes her insular upbringing in the largely white world of Shaker Heights, her insensitivity to... (full context)