Author: Heidi Wicks
Genre: Fiction
Format: paperback
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 5.25 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: .1 kg
Published: June 8, 2020
ISBN: 9781550818246


Jess is a sensitive creature of habit. Cait is her passionate and impulsive best friend. And in Melt, Heidi Wicks follows the lives of these characters from their teenage years into their late thirties—through drifting desires, fake tans, economic turbulence, kids, grief, job loss, love loss, and personal renewal. Shifting radiantly between the late nineties and the present day, Melt explores the life-sustaining anatomy of friendship and the complex relationships we have with our pasts.


“In Melt, Heidi Wicks weaves a path through a lifelong friendship, intertwined with the cityscape of St. John’s, with highs, lows, heartache, frustration, and belly laughs. Simultaneously tender and raw, Melt is a frank and touching portrayal of the pivotal moments that define identity, relationships, and devotion.  I couldn’t put it down.” – Bridget Canning, author of The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes
“With sparkling wine and sparkling wit, Melt chronicles two young women’s spirited and changing chemistry over two decades, diving into prom and marriage, laughter and breakups, BFFs, old flames and, of course, water slides.” – Mark Jarman, author of Knife Party at the Hotel Europa
“Wicks is deft at layering emotions and gestures — heart-rending, perilous, comic — an everyday crisis overlaid with a palimpsest of the superhero. Striking imagery is a constant (“Cait sits on the floor in the bedroom doorway of her new house. In front of her is a cubist mountain range of Ikea boxes that reminds her of Picasso’s Girl with Mandolin painting, laid on its side”), and details like fashion (eight-ball jackets, Lululemon, palazzo pants) spot-on… The two protagonists snap and sparkle with a wonderful authenticity.. They sashay with wit and realism. You’d swear you’d just passed them walking the Signal Hill trail.” – Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
“Wicks has written a sharp and funny novel that runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. Is Jess about to jeopardize everything that makes life worth living by embarking on an affair with an old flame? Did Cait’s daughter just rub a booger on a piece of crystal at a funeral reception?… At its core, MELT is about family and friends, and how our view of those most important elements in our lives both changes over time and remains exactly the same. One small word of advice. Pay attention to the chapter headings. They include some wicked puns…” Denise Flint, Downhome Magazine
“Five Stars for a really fabulous summer-feel-good read! I melted right into the book and let it sweep me away. Funny, sharp, snappy and as bright and energetic as its cover, Melt is a delightful story of friendship ups-and-downs, marriage, jobs and kids. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book!” – The Minerva Reader
“Melt twists and turns as it recounts the then and now tales of lifetime friends, Jess and Cait. From teenagers in the 90s to 30-somethings today, theirs is a layered, lifelong friendship that will surely have you calling up your own bestie to reminisce. Dealing with dashed hopes, rebounds, losses and fresh starts, it is heartwarming, heartrending and humourous. The chapter titles alone are a journey in emotions: ‘fake tans, false hopes,’ ‘salt in the womb,’ ‘wind warning in the wrecked house’ and ‘a healing separation agreement of horseshittery.’ Sharp details about coming of age in St. John’s in the late nineties are especially nostalgic–-whether you experienced it firsthand or not, after reading Melt, you’ll think you had.” – Jenn Thornhill Verma, Atlantic Books Today

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