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The summer that melted everything

by McDaniel, Tiffany,

Format: Print Book 2016
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Summary

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"

"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

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 wrestle with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink ofa catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thirteen-year-old Fielding Bliss is the first one to see the Devil, who has come to Bliss' small Ohio hometown at the seemingly whimsical invitation of the boy's father. Perhaps surprisingly, the Devil appears in the form of a 13-year-old black boy named Sal at least he claims to be the Devil. And perhaps he is, for with him come an unprecedented heat wave and drought that begin to test people's sanity. In the meantime, Sal has come to live with Fielding, and the boys have become like brothers, even as a man named Elohim the name of God has become their bĂȘte noire, determined to visit vengeance on Sal. Obviously, first-novelist McDaniel is striving through sometimes too-obvious symbolism for large meaning here and, in its pursuit, has a tendency to overwrite. Though she is not unskilled she's capable of stirring powerful emotions some readers may feel that she has chosen to punish her most sympathetic characters, relentlessly bringing misfortune to their lives. All this aside, however, she has written an ambitious novel that will invite thought and surely spark discussion.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Teenage boys -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Small cities -- Fiction.
Heat waves (Meteorology) -- Fiction.
Suspicion -- Fiction.
Ohio -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 310 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250078063
1250078067
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