One sweltering August. Four lives lost in a single night.

On the surface, the perfect Connecticut suburban neighborhood of Staniford Drive looks like a paradise; pristine lawns, large McMansions, perfect happy families, and a peaceful decadent life. But beneath the veneer of hospitality and affluence lurks a dark current of distrust, betrayal, and lies, all to keep up appearances.

Over the four weeks of one sticky, sweltering August, four neighbors’ lives intersect and collide, laying bare the lies we tell to hide the brutality of suburban affluence, at the cost of four lives.

Told from the points of view of four different neighbors who live on the same quiet suburban street, Fever is an explosive exploration of grief, marriage, and the lengths people will go to appear perfect.

To say that all is not well on Staniford Drive in leafy Dorset, CT, is an understatement. In Fever, Nick Mancuso orchestrates a symphonic tale about the relationships among a group of neighbors during one rainless summer. Grief, isolation, sex, rage, and above all, racism fuel the page-turning action that leads to an unthinkable crescendo at the novel’s end. Writing with something like x-ray vision, Mancuso looks not only into the perfectly appointed homes of the neighborhood at the center of this story, but into the broken hearts and troubled minds of the people who inhabit them. There is no way to read this irresistible novel, except at a fever pitch.
— Rachel Basch, Author of The Passion of Reverend Nash, and The Listener
Fever takes us deeply inside of the underbelly of a suburban neighborhood during the last hot month of summer. Nick Mancuso’s ability to reveal how neighbors can alter each other’s lives irrevocably is both moving and frightening. These pages crackle with heat and a frenetic pace.
— Karen Osborn, Author of Centerville

Fever was released by Magnolia Press on August 27, 2019.