Melissa Chadburn with Anastacia-Reneé

Up from her Los Angeles home for what should be a memorable evening on several counts, Melissa Chadburn is here with her stunning debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Helping amplify the significance and power of this book will be Seattle’s Anastacia-Reneé’s joining for part of this.

“In Chadburn’s astonishing debut, the story of a Filipino woman’s short life is told by an aswang spirit. In 1994, after 18-year-old Marina Salles is murdered by serial killer Willie Pickton, the folkloric and omniscient aswang enters her body and recounts Marina’s harrowing coming-of-age … The environment hardens Marina, though she develops a loving relationship with her new girlfriend, Alex, who is also a victim of child abuse …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 (“There’s no numbing dope, no dick wows, no kitty kitty yum yum, just a floodlight on all the world’s needs”). This is electrifying.” - Publishers Weekly.

“A mesmerizing work in which beauty and ugliness and realism and mythology coexist. Chadburn is an emerging literary force.” —Jaquira Díaz

“Gorgeous, wrecking. I could not look away. Her telling held me captive and reminded me that art is its own kind of mercy.” —Melissa Febos.

“Melissa Chadburn gives words to a life’s sorrow, breathing into a life’s pain what novels provide—detailed and observant empathy.” —Gina Apostol.

We are delighted that esteemed queer writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, speaker, and podcaster Anastacia-Reneé will also be part of this evening.  A generous supporter of other writers’ work, she is a former Seattle Civic Poet, the author of (v.) and Forget It,  and has Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere and Sidenotes from the Archivist forthcoming from Amistad.


A Tiny Upward Shove: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374277758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 12th, 2022

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 6:00pm
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