In the chaos of 1960's Berkeley, teenager Martha Goldenthal lives with domestic violence and psychological warfare at home while trying to ace high school and apply to college.

"Gripping from beginning to end, this beautifully written work is impossible to put down.” — The BookLife Prize

"Read this book. It will knock your socks off." — Laurin Porter, author, The Banished Prince: Time, Memory, and Ritual in the Late Plays of Eugene O'Neill

“As persuasive as the memoirs Educated and The Glass Castle.” — Carolyn McVickar Edwards, author of Return of the Light and The Storyteller's Goddess

"Filled with meaning, [Shrug is] this generation's Catcher in the Rye meets Running with Scissors." — Deborah Burns, author, Saturday's Child

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2020 IPPY Awards Gold Winner, YA Fiction

2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Winner, Fiction

2019 Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner, YA Fiction, Historical
2019 Best Book Award Finalist in YA Fiction
2019 Sarton Women's Book Awards Finalist, Historical Fiction

2020 Goethe Awards (post-1750 historical fiction) Finalist

2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite, YA Fiction

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