The Summer That Melted Everything: A Novel
Fielding Bliss will never forget the summer of 1984. That was the summer that a scorching heat wave rolled over the town of Breathed, Ohio, bringing with it Sal, a dirty, ragged, thirteen-year-old boy, who claims to be Satan himself. Believing Sal to be a runaway from another town, the Bliss family takes him in as their own but Sal’s repeated insistence that he’s the devil angers the heat-addled populace and all it takes is a series of unfortunate accidents to point the finger of blame his way. While the members of the Bliss family struggle with their private pains, a local fanatic whips the town into a frenzy of hatred that will culminate in a life-changing event for all involved.
The Summer That Melted Everything will break your heart but by the time you realize it, it’s too late, there’s no going back. No disentangling yourself from the sepia memories of teenage summers spent in a rural town, full of so much ambient magic that it doesn’t occur to you, until much later, to examine its existence. Underneath the gauzy layers of recollection lies a devastating reminder of the vicious, destructive power of fear and selfishness
St. Martin's Press