Every Little Thing (2013)

The Back Cover:

In Every Little Thing, Cohen Davies’ life is shaped by the butterfly effect of a bad decision gone desperately wrong. After a shocking family tragedy, Cohen is wracked with guilt and sorrow, and feeling numb to everything but the allure of his enigmatic new neighbor, Allie Crosbie. He sees in her the perfect place to bury his troubles. But when Allie’s father asks an unfathomable favour, Cohen’s decision to help him sets off a chain reaction of irrevocable events that starts with one man’s untimely death, and ends in Cohen’s incarceration. His guilt or innocence is left up to the reader to judge. In the aftermath of his actions, Allie will reveal a secret of her own.

With his award-winning debut, Away From Everywhere, Chad Pelley showed us his verve as a novelist. In Every Little Thing, he once again explores the flipside of love, by cutting no corners in exposing how a secret kept to protect love can just as easily destroy a life.

Pre-release Media:

– Every Little Thing has made the Quill & Quire’s Spring Preview, and 49th Shelf’s “Books We’re Waiting For in Spring 2013.”

– Check out a series of guests posts about this novel on The National Post’s Book Blog:
“How Michael Winter Ruined My Life by Making it Better”
“Seven Thing You Didn’t Need to Know about Every Little Thing”
“Why I’m So Terribly Depressing and Hard on Love”
“Some Things I’ve Learned from Writing Two Novels”

Praise for Every Little Thing:

“Cohen Davies is as psychologically rich and prismatic a character as any reader could hope for – here is complicated love, human failing, tenacity and true feeling. Chad Pelley takes on addling jealousy, heartache, loss, and the need to be forgiven. Stylistically fresh, taut with emotional torques and charges, Pelley’s Every Little Thing is cant-put-it-down compelling.”  – Booker Prize Finalist, Lisa Moore

“From the cold clutch of a prison cell to the serenity of a lover’s arms and back again, this is the tale of a man whose pugnacious heart is both literally and figuratively broken. In Every Little Thing Chad Pelley delivers a transfixing chronicle of what happens when devotion and jealousy ride alongside a clumsy desire for a just world. Compulsively readable from start to finish.” – Giller Prize Finalist, Billie Livingston

“A compelling ride that shows that even the unexpected leaves clear footprints. With finely-drawn characters that live and breathe and clearly feel, it’s a marriage of wistful and wonderful, spiced with a sharp dash of the realities that we all face in life. It’s bare honesty, played hard.” – Giller Prize Finalist, Russell Wangersky.

“Propulsive, character-driven, and makes for gripping reading. Pelley can use words in a way that is almost shockingly good. A very strong follow up to a solid premiere.” – Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Pelley’s ability to express raw emotion for each character, despite the difference in gender, age, and history was phenomenal. No matter how you judge Cohen, Pelley is definitely guilty of one thing – writing a book you need to read.” – Blogger Sarah Butland

“Chad Pelley’s goal is to drag you in. Make you feel. Make you react to his writing as much as you are reading it.The book doesn’t give its readers a rest from beginning to end, scenes full of heartbreak and sorrow and loss, and not a single word wasted.” – Tara Bradbury, The Telegram

“Pelley has an enthralling way with words. He captures his reader’s attention within the first chapter, and keeps them engrossed until the very last page” – Samm Joy, Canadian University Press

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About chadpelley

Chad Pelley is a multi-award-winning author, photographer, and a closet musician from St. John's,
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