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On the porch Biscuit finds a girl, bedraggled and speechless. It is his cousin, Lee Ann, who has come through the woods to find safety at the house where Biscuit lives with his grandma.
As the novel unwinds, we discover the trauma she and other girls in the town have undergone.
Told by Biscuit, a boy on the cusp of adolescence, What Dies in Summer is a story of how 1960s Dallas is menaced by a series of violent attacks on young women.
This is a profound, moving story about coming of age amid a community in crisis.
‘A beautifully written and deeply engaging study of loss and innocence, suffused with chilling dread. A haunting novel, a captivating debut. I loved it.'
‘Compulsive and provocative…A narrative voice that’s raw and desperate, a story that grips from start to finish, What Dies in Summer is hugely impressive.’
‘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.'
‘An erotic, compelling and deeply assured debut, midway between Ellroy and Faulkner. It evokes so precisely the beauty and sadness of first love and lost innocence.’