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Tin Heart

A Novel

Shivaun Plozza

Flatiron Books

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ISBN10: 1250312787
ISBN13: 9781250312785

Trade Paperback

336 Pages



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When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl.

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn . . .


Praise for Tin Heart

Tin Heart cements Plozza as a writer with a charming voice and a flair for flawed, loveable characters. Fans of contemporary rom-coms with grit, such as Cath Crowley’s Graffiti Moon, will find much to enjoy here.”—Jordi Kerr, Books + Publishing

“Would you still be the same person if you had someone else’s heart? Marlowe Jensen is proof that a borrowed heart can be a big one, and from cover to cover her story is swoon-worthy, moving, deep, and funny. I loved it.”—Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

“Readers will cheer for Marlowe's bildungsroman—simultaneously unique and universal.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With a witty yet awkward main character at the helm, this story will quickly hook readers and keep them laughing, crying, and rooting Marlowe on. A great read for fans of LGBTQ-friendly coming-of-age stories.”—ALA Booklist

“Funny and direct, this book is capable of balancing heartbreak, first love, mortality, and the absurd—or, as Marlowe puts it, ‘that moment when you’re standing in front of Bert’s Quality Butchers holding a speaker blasting 'Meat is Murder.''”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Picture the ticker-tape parade when I left the hospital. Nurses and doctors and strangers crying and waving hankies. You did it, Marlowe! You survived! Picture me driving off in the back of a flashy convertible doing my best...

About the author

Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza has published short fiction, poetry, and essays, and works as an editor. Frankie, her first novel, won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Children’s Book of the Year and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Shivaun lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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