The Summer That Melted Everything

The Summer That Melted Everything

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781250078063
Branch Call Number: FICTION McDaniel, Tiffany
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 02, 2017

Wow! The Summer That Melted Everything had me glued after the first few pages, so much that I finished it in a little over 24 hours. You can tell that the author, Tiffany McDaniel is as much a poet as she is a novelist, so if you don't like poetry, you may find this novel hard to enjoy. If you do, then I believe that you'll appreciate the originality of this story as much as I did. It turned out to be way more thrilling than I ever imagined; and to be quite frank, I wasn't expecting it to be thrilling at all. Still, I love when a book surprises me in a good way and The Summer That Melted Everything definitely did.

Cynthia_N Nov 09, 2016

Autopsy Bliss invites the Devil to come to visit him. He comes in the form of a young black boy. This story takes some turns that you just do not expect and you have to wonder if the devil is the one making it happen. Good read!

Aug 05, 2016

Become immersed in 1984 where innocence and purity are lost to hatred and bigotry. One word "devil" impacts the town of Breathed, Ohio in strange and unfortunate ways. A child with an "old soul" imparts new ways of looking at the world. Journey into a different concept of hell that is not illustrated by mainstream culture.

Local Ohio author Tiffany McDaniel eloquently weaves a tale of controversial topics that especially speaks to readers that lived through this time period. Such times were filled with fear, regret, wonder, and mystery.

This is a great book that hints at foreboding doom, but makes you hope for better days for Dresden, Sal, and the Bliss family. It’s interesting how the life of innocence and purity can be snatched away with a fire that melted everything. The purpose of “yellow” and “flower petals” are redefined in a memorable way in this book. This a must read that is destined to become a classic!


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Dec 27, 2018

It's hard not to fall in love with the only blanket in winter.


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