The Back Cover:
Cohen’s decision to help a dying loved one takes a turn for the worse, and the resulting butterfly effect destroys more lives than his own.
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.
– 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”
– Here’s an article in The Telegram about Every Little Thing.
Praise for Every Little Thing:
Shortlisted for the 2014 ReLit Award
“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
“A page-turner that’s hard to put down for many reasons, one being a structure that keeps us guessing. Pelley writes about intense subjects, such as family tragedy and strong love, with insight, intricacy, and care. His writing reveals the complex nature of grief, relationships, and life. What I liked best about reading Every Little Thing was discovering an author with an amazing writing style. Pelley’s ability to provide single images that sum up entire scenes, moods, and experiences really left a lasting impression. He is certainly a writer worth following.” Word on the Street Toronto’s Blog
“There is a lot to like about the way that Pelley takes noir conventions and makes them his own. What is interesting here is the way that Pelley spends time with an image that does not easily slot into a thematic metaphor. The level of ambition in his effort is laudable and very satisfying when it works.” – The Winnipeg Review
“Pelley has a way of making you care about his vivid characters. He is a talent to watch – perceptive and soulful.” – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
“Sharp, poignant dialogue, and Pelley’s exploration of these terribly flawed characters felt intimately real … I powered through 3 quarters of the novel, stopping only to give myself a break from the sunburn I was subjecting myself to. Pelley has skillfully grasped the crazy complicated nature of love. Novels really should provoke reactions from their readers. It’s our reason for reading … And Every Little Thingis anything but boring.” – The Book Stylist
“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 is a promising literary artist. People will read his writing because he knows how to develop a story. Elements of Every Little Thing remind me of Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist since both novels feature the voyeuristic allure of reading to discover the protagonist’s terrible act and both characters become victims of their own good intentions … Pelley provides much to impress the reader with his work. Every Little Thing is high entertainment.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies
“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
“[Pelley’s] style remains jet-fueled and kinetic. A lot happens and happens fast … Pelley has constructed a gripping tale, buttressed with honed, crisp writing. A page-turner and rewarding read.” – Atlantic Books Today
“Surprising, unsettling, and very suspenseful, with a love story that catapults the story forward.” – Kerri Cull, The Book Fridge
“Pelley writes a good, page turning plot, and Every Little Thing was compelling enough for me to keep going even though I had lost all patience with the characters.” – Jodi Delong, The Chronicle Herald
“Every Little Thing is immediately engaging … CanLit with Plot that keeps the reader turning the pages long after the lights should be out. Pelley is clearly a writer of no small talent.” – Denise Flint, Downhome Magazine
“A riveting, emotional tale, Every Little Thing is the literary equivalent of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” – Whitney Moran, The Coast
“Every Little Thing is a squash player of a book: it pulls your heart up into your throat and out your mouth; it whacks that heart at the wall a bunch of times—up, down, all over the court—before putting it neatly back where it belongs and sending you on your way to think about what has just happened. No wonder the cover’s all red.” – Burning Rocker, and author of Maxine, Claire Wilkshire