The Summer That Melted Everything: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Jul 26, 2016 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The devil comes to Ohio in Tiffany McDaniel's breathtaking and heartbreaking literary debut novel, The Summer That Melted Everything.

*Winner of The Guardian's 2016 "Not the Booker" Prize and the Ohioana Readers' Choice Award
*Goodreads Choice Award nominee for "Best Fiction" and "Best Debut"

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.


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An author to watch. This book is a blend of gothic, magical realism, and philosophy. It struck me as a rewrite of To Kill a Mockingbird done in lusher language and with more overt (sometimes ... Read full review

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Review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for this opportunity! I already suspected this would be out of my field of expectations—I mean, how can you envision a ... Read full review

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TIFFANY MCDANIEL's writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of Ohio, where she lives. The Summer That Melted Everything is her first novel.

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