After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too.

Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng’s bestselling book "Little Fires Everywhere" uses fire, both literal and figurative, as a symbol for loss and potential fresh starts throughout its explorations of identity. In the same way fire can increase soil fertility, people can emerge stronger and more capable, and with a revitalized sense of self, after enduring life's trials and challenges. Adversity is often a catalyst for personal transformation and renewal, not unlike the natural world’s ability to regenerate and flourish after destruction.