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  • ISBN: 9780374277758
  • ISBN: 0374277753
  • Physical Description: 342 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.

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"A TINY UPWARD SHOVE is a fictionalized account of real life Canadian serial killer Willie Pickton and his final victim. In the debut novel of award-winning essayist, Melissa Chadburn, we follow the life of Filipina foster youth Marina Salles and are submerged in the confluence of violence and empathy, fabulism and realism. A story of how both victim and monster emerge from the same world"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 April #2
    *Starred Review* 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. It tells the story of Marina Salles, a young Black Filipina murder victim of the notorious real-life pig farmer turned serial killer, Willy Pickton. Marina unwittingly transforms into an aswang (monster) as dictated by a family curse with a thirst for vengeance. Chadburn describes Marina's ancestors and how the monster lineage came to be, then the novel pivots to a dark, harrowing childhood tale of instability and rape mercifully brightened with moments of humor as Marina details her life with her feisty lola (grandma), her troubled mom, and her eventual journey to a group home. Chadburn, a former ward of L.A. County, advocates and writes about foster-care reform, and her novel deftly captures poverty and victimization of youth in vivid and heartbreaking scenarios encapsulated in Marina and her fellow wards' damaged lives. Though the compelling story lines of aswang Marina and human Marina both run throughout the novel, the aswang part takes a back seat as Marina's indelible and devastating horror eclipses everything in a haunting tale of grit and fate. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Melissa Chadburn’s writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, The Best American Food Writing, and many other publications. Her extensive reporting on the child welfare system appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. Melissa is a worker lover and through her own labor and literary citizenship strives to upend economic violence. Her mother taught her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife and she's basically been doing that ever since. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and lives in greater Los Angeles.

Subject: Pickton, Robert William > Fiction.
Victims of crimes > Fiction.
Serial murderers > Fiction.
Foster children > Fiction.
Future life > Fiction.
Forgiveness > Fiction.
Foster children > Canada > Social conditions > Fiction.
Pickton, Robert William.
Victims of crimes.
Genre: Fictional Work
Biographical fiction.
Magic realist fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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