by Heidi Wicks
  • from-the-atlantic-canada
  • literary
  • upmarket
  • women-s

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.


Heidi Wicks, author

Heidi Wicks holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from memorial University, and through her work in this program, has completed plays, screenplays, short stories, a noel, and written and produced podcasts. She has written for The Telegram, The Independent, Newfoundland Quarterly, CBC, and The Globe and Mail. She lives in St. John's.


  • 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
  • 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

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Breakwater Books



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: Adult

publication date: 06/08/2020

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book