J-Dub’s Review of American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

True crime story. First an article which later is expanded into a book. There is no mystery. We know who set the fires from almost the beginning. This is more than just a statement of the facts though. This is a psychological review which attempts to find a motive. One theory is he did it for love and she did it to cope with her circumstances in life. Set in rural Accomack county Virginia, the once prosperous area falls victim to the combustible engine. Speculation only that somehow tight budget and lack of opportunities caused this to happen. Ultimately we’ll never really know. As much as one can ever truly know anyone and what they’re capable of doing.

I’m adding the Eastern Shore of Virginia as a place I’d like to visit. Rich in history and beautiful from what I can tell. Though the author says the county is “the soul of rural America – a land half gutted before the fires even began.”

This is a recommended read. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars ✨. As always more to come.

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