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WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN'S 2016 "NOT THE BOOKER" PRIZE

"The Summer that Melted Everything is inventive and provocative...a meaty and relentlessly good story." --Bookreporter.com

"A haunting Appalachian Gothic novel that calls into question the nature of good and evil." --Akron Beacon Journal

"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

"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

"[McDaniel] is capable of stirring powerful emotions...an ambitious novel that will invite thought and surely spark discussion." --Booklist

"Tiffany McDaniel's The Summer That Melted Everything is a wonderfully original, profoundly unsettling, deeply moving novel that delivers both the shock of fully realized reality and the deep resonance of parable. This is remarkable debut by a splendid young writer."--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"In this bold and surprising debut novel, Tiffany McDaniel reveals a new voice in contemporary fiction. At times comic, at times heartbreaking, The Summer That Melted Everything, moves between the future and the past, and gives us a window on a particular time, the hell-hot summer of 1984, and a group of characters George Orwell could not have imagined. In this world nothing is quite what it seems, as mystery and revelation alternate, right up to the end. At times surreal, magical, this story of a family and community incorporates global warming, AIDS, discrimination, fear, mass hysteria, lynching, and martyrdom, but in the end is a love story, warning us not to be too quick in judging what is evil and what is good." --Robert Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek

"Sometimes there is a novel so strange and beguiling it makes you give up your world for another world, all the while that you are reading it. Such a story is Tiffany McDaniel's tale of an enchanted boy--who might be the devil--welcomed into a family with no right to their name, Bliss. It will frighten you, and charm you, and break your heart if you allow it . . . and you will allow it, because once this world has hold of you, it won't let you go." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea

"Tiffany McDaniel's brilliant literary debut is a feast for the mind. Her gifted language and stunning story craft shine a bright light on human nature as she examines the face of good and evil. I enjoyed every single word." --Susan Crandall, bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard

"Sometimes a book comes along that is so good that it defies all descriptions, but I'll give it a shot anyway: Tiffany McDaniel's astounding and heartbreaking The Summer That Melted Everything reads as if Carson McCullers and Shirley Jackson got together with Nathaniel Hawthorne in some celestial backwater and decided to write the first truly great gothic coming-of-age novel of the twenty-first century. There, I said it. Now read it." --Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time

"It is rare that a narrative makes me question my own beliefs. This book did that very thing. A fine story with a message about truth, trust, family, and the dangers of the devils among us." - Suzanne Palmieri, author of The Witch of Bourbon Street

"The Summer That Melted Everything is a blast of hellfire, humor, and heartbreak that's part Flannery O'Connor, part Stephen King, and wholly original." --Lou Berney, author of The Long and Faraway Gone

"A wondrous debut of a novel. Imagine To Kill a Mockingbird, seen through the eyes of Neil Gaiman. McDaniel's prose is rich and magical, full of passages of exquisite, strange beauty that ache with bitter truths and old sorrows. You'll not read anything else like it." --James Sie, author of Still Life Las Vegas

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A wildly riffing trumpet voluntary that sustains its thrilling high notes from start to finish … A startlingly rich imagination shouts its glorious arrival in this overwhelming narrative of sin, redemption, love and death.’

(Jane Housman The Guardian)

'Tiffany McDaniel’s The Summer That Melted Everything is a wonderfully original, profoundly unsettling, deeply moving novel that delivers both the shock of fully realized reality and the deep resonance of parable. This is a remarkable debut by a splendid young writer.’ (Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain)

'In this bold and surprising debut novel, Tiffany McDaniel reveals a new voice in contemporary fiction. At times comic, at times heartbreaking, The Summer That Melted Everything, moves between the future and the past, and gives us a window on a particular time, the hell-hot summer of 1984, and a group of characters George Orwell could not have imagined. In this world nothing is quite what it seems, as mystery and revelation alternate, right up to the end. At times surreal, magical, this story of a family and community incorporates global warming, AIDS, discrimination, fear, mass hysteria, lynching, and martyrdom, but in the end is a love story, warning us not to be too quick in judging what is evil and what is good.' (Robert Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek (an Oprah Book Club Selection))

'Sometimes a book comes along that is so good that it defies all descriptions, but I'll give it a shot anyway: Tiffany McDaniel's astounding and heartbreaking The Summer That Melted Everything reads as if Carson McCullers and Shirley Jackson got together with Nathaniel Hawthorne in some celestial backwater and decided to write the first truly great gothic coming-of-age novel of the twenty-first century. There, I said it. Now read it.' (Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time)

'It is rare that a narrative makes me question my own beliefs. This book did that very thing. A fine story with a message about truth, trust, family, and the dangers of the devils among us.' (Suzanne Palmieri, author of The Witch of Bourbon Street)

'The Summer That Melted Everything is a blast of hellfire, humor, and heartbreak that’s part Flannery O’Connor, part Stephen King, and wholly original.' (Lou Berney, author of The Long and Faraway Gone)

'A wondrous debut of a novel. Imagine To Kill a Mockingbird, seen through the eyes of Neil Gaiman. McDaniel’s prose is rich and magical, full of passages of exquisite, strange beauty that ache with bitter truths and old sorrows. You'll not read anything else like it.' (James Sie, author of Still Life Las Vegas (pubbing this August))

'Sometimes there is a novel so strange and beguiling it makes you give up your world for another world, all the while that you are reading it. Such a story is Tiffany McDaniel’s tale of an enchanted boy ― who might be the devil ― welcomed into a family with no right to their name, Bliss. It will frighten you, and charm you, and break your heart if you allow it ... and you will allow it, because once this world has hold of you, it won’t let you go.' (Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author The Deep End of the Ocean (the very first Oprah Book Club selection) and Two if by Sea)

‘McDaniel opens up a thought-provoking world powered by increasing suspense … A powerful debut.’

(Sunday Star Times)

‘Dark and wholly original … Gloriously Gothic.’ (Psychologies)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe; UK edition edition (1 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HDQA9BI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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