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Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the long, crazy summer of 1984 when a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. It was 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.

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  • “Tiffany McDaniel’s The Summer That Melted Everything is a wonderfully original, profoundly unsettling, deeply moving novel that delivers both the shock of a fully realized reality and the deep resonance of parable. This is a remarkable debut by a splendid young writer.”

    Robert Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “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

  • “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

  • “An ambitious novel that will invite thought and surely spark discussion.”


  • “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.”

    Donald Ray Pollock, PEN/Robert Bingham Award–winning author

  • 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 Edgar Award–winning The Long and Faraway Gone

  • “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

  • “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

  • “This book contains so much wisdom and is written so beautifully that it is certainly one of the best debut novels…vibrant charm and deep grasp of Americana…With a keen literary verve that will capture you from the first chapter, McDaniel has created an uncanny coming of age story that will haunt you in the most wonderful sense of the word.”


  • “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

  • “Delves into a small town and everyone’s secrets…Literary gold…often strange but beautiful.”

    Book Stalker Blog

  • “A young boy appears from nowhere claiming to be the devil; his presence has an indelible effect on the whole town, and one family in particular. It’s just brilliant: beautifully written, with a story and style that actually feel genuinely original, and your heart will break for these characters.”

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