This book is a thing of beauty: Rain constructs the story like an opera libretto, with an overture, four acts and an intermission. Swinging through the decades, intermingling cultural and political developments, Rain is subtle and assured, a writer of unquestionable talent. Do yourself a favour and read this wonderful book now.
New York Times
There are passages in the novel that have a heartbreaking beauty... Rain is a talented writer
This book captures the gaiety and tumult of a troubled age. But it is ultimately a novel of friendship, of love, and of lives.
David Rain is far too young to be writing this exquisitely... a story about the universal search for love and for self... There isn't so much an echo of Scott Fitzgerald in these pages as a gentle background refrain
Rain's worthy novel is a touching, often searing tale of friendship, betrayal and love. His flawed characters are staggering beneath the weight of the past, which they carry like burdens even beyond the book's chilling, operatic conclusion.
Mesmerising... The Heat of the Sun is by turns wildly colourful and straitlaced, witty and rueful, reserved and operaticAndrew Solomon, author of 'The Noonday Demon' and 'Far From the Tree'
Romantic tragedy inside a story of great theatrical invention and whimsy. The result is wholly original and a lot of fun. Read it and the twentieth century may never look the same to you againJohn Burnham Schwartz, author of 'Reservation Road' and 'The Commoner'