Long-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize, Melting in the Middle is a literary comedy about redemption and second chances, played out amid the madness of office politics.
Stephen Carreras’ life is in turmoil. His career with Britain’s worst chocolate company is heading for the rocks when it’s taken over by US confectionery giant Schmaltz. He’s just turned forty, has messed up on marriage and is desperately clinging on to his sanity and his job in the middle of nowhere. That’s the only way to keep a toehold in the lives of his monosyllabic teenage children.
Forced into an uncomfortably close working relationship with the woman he had an affair with, Stephen stirs up emotions he knows he should forget. And her plans for the business would spell catastrophe for many of his colleagues.
Outside of work he meets Rachel, a choral-singing charity worker who dances to a very different beat. She challenges him to do good among the carnage he faces in the office. But to do so, he must confront his past and work out all over again what really matters in life…