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.
Nick Mancuso was born and raised in Connecticut, spending summers on the southern coast of Maine. His work has appeared in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Literary Nest, Quail Bell Literary Magazine, in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, The Rhode Island Small Business Journal, Spry Literary Journal, the Anthropoid Collective, the Garbanzo Literary Journal, Gravel, and The Huffington Post. He is presently at work on a variety of short fiction, essays, and a novel. Fever is his debut novel and will be released on August 27, 2019. He holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies, and Politics and Law from Bryant University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Nick lives in southern Maine with his wife and their dog.