Melissa Chadburn’s A TINY UPWARD SHOVE, a powerful debut novel that traces the too-short life of a woman cast out by society and transformed by death into an agent of justice, has received three starred reviews!

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“Essayist and activist Chadburn’s debut novel is a magical realism-infused literary feast that boldly mixes fictionalized yet explicit true-crime violence with a biracial girl’s coming-of-age, textured by Filipino culture, language, and folklore…[A] haunting tale of grit and fate.”–Booklist, starred review

“The author’s poetic language enthralls, whether in relating the hardships of past generations of Salles women (‘we broadcast them—each conversation a carnival of agonies’), or describing the bleak land of death…This is electrifying.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Chadburn’s prose is sometimes lovely, always compelling, and she handles multiple storylines skillfully. Marina is engaging and heartbreaking, and other characters are vividly portrayed as well—including Pickton. The novel is a relentless revelation of the everyday exploitation of girls and women.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A TINY UPWARD SHOVE by Melissa Chadburn; 9780374277758; 4/12/22.

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