A Tiny Upward Shove: A Novel by Melissa Chadburn

A Tiny Upward Shove: A Novel

Melissa Chadburn

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352 pages | first published 2022

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Instead, in the course of a moment, she is transformed into the stuff of myth, the stuff of her grandmother's old Filipino stories—an aswang. She spent her life on the margins, knowing very little about her own life, let alone the lives of others;...
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dark 96%
sad 75%
emotional 68%
challenging 62%
tense 48%
reflective 31%
adventurous 10%
hopeful 6%
informative 6%
mysterious 6%


medium 50%
slow 39%
fast 10%

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Character: 70% | A mix: 25% | Plot: 4%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 45% | Yes: 45% | No: 9%

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