The devil comes to Ohio in Tiffany McDaniel's breathtaking and heartbreaking literary debut,
The Summer That Melted Everything.
*Winner of The Guardian's 2016 "Not the Booker" Prize
*Winner of Ohioana Library Readers' Choice Award
*Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for "Best Fiction" and "Best Debut"
*Finalist for the Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award for Outstanding Debut
*Nominee for the Lillian Smith Book Award
*Finalist for Ohioana Literary Award
“A wonderfully original, profoundly unsettling, deeply moving novel that delivers both the shock of fully realized reality and the deep resonance of parable...A remarkable debut.”
―Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“A haunting Appalachian Gothic novel that calls into question the nature of good and evil.” ―Akron Beacon Journal
“The Summer that Melted Everything is inventive and provocative…a meaty and relentlessly good story.” ―Bookreporter.com
“When word gets out that the devil may be in Breathed, tensions and temperatures will rise, and soon the town will find itself enveloped in full-blown hysteria. A fantastic Jackson-esque debut about rumors, fears, and beliefs.” ―BookRiot
“The summer heat licks like hellfire through McDaniel’s pages. … a genuinely unnerving, deliciously dark tale of the evil that lies in ordinary people."—The Independent
"Gently written, allegorical, domestic, with myths of the underworld explored like never before through the eyes of a man looking back on his sins. One of the most beautiful books of the year."—Listener
“McDaniel opens up a thought-provoking world powered by increasing suspense … A powerful debut.”—Sunday Star Times
"Devilishly Good (...) A startlingly rich imagination shouts its glorious arrival in this narrative of sin, redemption, love and death."-The Guardian
“I fell as if the fall had always been in my nature. Waiting for the right moment of my life. When all my soul, in its smallness and its vastness, would fall face down against the earth from the bliss of my name to the hard crosses I would be handed to bear.”—THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING
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 temperature 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.
“The raw strength of that very thing, revealing something of us. In the best hope, something like pretty honey drizzling from the crooks of our elbows while we apologize and say it was all play in the hills, and nothing has changed. But, of course, over and over again, everything has changed.”—THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING
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“Fantastic…The Summer That Melted Everything is a novel you’ll want to re-read.”—Nudge Book
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“[McDaniel] is capable of stirring powerful emotions...an ambitious novel that will invite thought and surely spark discussion.” ―Booklist
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“This debut novel shines with beauty and lyricism. . . Give this to fans of atmospheric fiction, particularly those who enjoy the grit of Donald Ray Pollock, the foreshadowing of Shirley Jackson, and the mounting suspense of Peter Straub.” ―Library Journal
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