The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany Daniel takes place in 1984 and is centered around a young 13 year old boy. The boy's father decides to place an ad in the local newspaper inviting the devil to visit their small town of Breathed, Ohio. A stranger then appears and begins to lower a fog of intrigue upon the community. McDaniel uses pop culture references and focused satanic fear from the 80's as a stage and presence when the devil decides to accept the odd invitation in the form of innocent bliss. Instead of diving into a pool to cool off this hot season, try diving into this great summer read!— Mike, Albuquerque
“There are hundreds of coming-of-age stories, but the one told in The Summer That Melted Everything is unique. In the summer of 1984, a series of disturbing events in Breathed, Ohio, are attributed to the arrival of a 13-year-old boy named Sal who claims to be the devil. Gossip and superstitions, exacerbated by the sweltering heat, turn the villagers against Sal. Only the family of the local prosecutor welcomes the boy, who is befriended by their son, Fielding. Through beautiful imagery and rich characters, McDaniel offers an original meditation on what is right and wrong, good and evil, in a magical, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable novel.”
— Pierre Camy (W), Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI
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 of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.