I married the right brother. 

At least that's what I tell myself at night, when I stare at the ceiling and listen to the rhythm of the grandfather clock down the hall. It never feels like the mere passage of time, but a countdown towards something inevitable. 

Bobby Lightly is selfish, irresponsible, and careless. I haven't seen him since the day I married his brother. He slipped out during the wedding reception without a word. 

A year later, I heard Bobby was drafted to Korea. He never said goodbye. Never sent a letter. We had all come to terms with the fact that he was probably dead somewhere, either a victim of the war or its aftermath. 

That is, until in the midst of an unrelenting heatwave, he showed up at the doorstep of the house I lived in with his brother. 

Everyone thinks I'm cruel. Everyone thinks I should be easy on him. They think I don't understand him. They all think I hate him. 

But what no one understands is that it was Bobby who broke my heart.

And I think he's back to do it again.

The writing is sublime, I really can’t compare it to anyone or anything, it is such a tightly woven story paced to absolute perfection.
— The Book Sirens

Set during a heatwave in the late 1950's, this scorching standalone novel by Nina G. Jones will rip your heart out and piece it together again. 

Swelter
By Nina G. Jones

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