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The Summer that Melted Everything – TIFFANY MCDANIEL

The Summer That Melted Everything Book Cover The Summer That Melted Everything
Tiffany McDaniel
Fiction
St. Martin's Press
July 26, 2016
320

Fielding Bliss, a sullen and lonesome elderly man, reflects upon the summer of 1984, the year he made friends with a peculiar drifter boy named Sal. Upon his arrival in Breathed, Ohio, Sal identifies himself as the devil claiming to be answering Fielding’s father’s invitation calling for the devil.

At first, no one believes Sal. He’s but a sweet 13 year-old black boy in soiled overalls. But as strange, fatal events unfold in town, the people of Breathed begin to look to Sal as a scapegoat.

 

This is Tiffany McDaniel’s debut novel, and let me tell you… that is one hell of a novel! Set in the Midwestern town of Breathed in the mid-80’s, The Summer That Melted Everything is a story about the strange happenings surrounding the arrival of a young black boy. True to time and setting, we are thrust into a saga that tackles everything from racism, prejudice, small-town mob mentality, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS. It’s easy to want to turn my back on a narrative that normalizes these cringe worthy characters, but McDaniel manages to infuse so much compassion and empathy in these people that I find myself strangely drawn to the anti-heroes of her tale. Continue Reading “The Summer that Melted Everything – TIFFANY MCDANIEL”