We Have to Know Who Started the Fire on 'Little Fires Everywhere'

Megan Stein
Photo credit: Erin Simkin

From Country Living

  • Little Fires Everywhere has debuted on Hulu.
  • There are a million mysteries to be solved throughout the story, but the biggest is: Who started the fire?
  • Warning: Don't continue if you don't want spoilers!

Little Fires Everywhere took the world by storm when it was first released in 2017. The gripping novel by Celeste Ng was beloved by book clubs everywhere, and even caught the attention of some pretty big names.

Like Reese Witherspoon, for example, who was so inspired by the tale that she sparked (had to) talks about the television adaptation. Now, at long last, the series is finally here on Hulu and stars Reese as the picture-perfect suburban mom Elena Richardson, and Kerry Washington as the free-spirited artist Mia Warren.

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If you're new to Little Fires Everywhere, we’ll summarize it for you quickly: The story takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Elena and her husband are parents to four kids, Lexie, Trip, Moody, and Izzy. All is relatively normal until Mia and her daughter, Pearl, rent out a house from the Richardsons.

Soon, all the teenagers become intertwined in different, coming-of-age ways, while the mothers are involved in a battle of their own. An adoption in the town puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides, and eventually it all goes up in flames (literally).

Both the book and the TV show open with the Richardsons reeling after their home was set on fire, so that’s not a secret. But we’re about to reveal who struck the match so...


As originally suspected, it was wild child Izzy who did the damage (at least in the book—only the first three episodes are available to view at the moment). Hurt from all that happened between her family and the Warrens, she took Mia’s advice: “Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground and start over.”

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Of course, there are many more wild mysteries to be uncovered in Little Fires Everywhere so even if this particular one is easy to solve, you’ll want to read it cover-to-cover to get the full effect.

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