A riveting Southern Gothic coming-of-age debut by a major new talent.
“I did what I did, and that’s on me.” From that tantalizing first sentence, Tom Wright sweeps listeners up in a tale of lost innocence. Jim has a touch of the Sight. It’s nothing too spooky and generally useless, at least until the summer his cousin L.A. moves in with him and their grandmother. When Jim and L.A. discover the body of a girl - brutally raped and murdered - in a field, an investigation begins that will put both their lives in danger.
In the spirit of The Lovely Bones and The Little Friend, What Dies in Summer is a novel that casts its spell on the very first page and leaves an indelible mark.
Tom Wright is a practicing psychologist and received his doctorate from Texas A&M University. What Dies in Summer is his first book.
“A beautifully written and deeply engaging study of loss and innocence, suffused with chilling dread. A haunting novel, a captivating debut; I loved it.” (S. J. Watson, New York Times best-selling author)
“A compulsive and provocative novel. Tom Wright manages to combine familiar themes of youth - fear, desire, vulnerability, and chaos - with a story that both unsettles and intrigues the reader. A narrative voice that’s raw and desperate, a story that grips from start to finish, What Dies in Summer is hugely impressive.” (John Boyne, New York Times best-selling author)
“A magnificent novel, not so much about loss of innocence as innocence put through the masher. The story pulsates with a deep dread that would be unbearable if the novel weren’t so sweet, funny, sexy, and ultimately moving.” (Nick Cave, author of The Death of Bunny Munro)
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