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Dancer in the Bullpen by Chana Shinegba

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Young, beautiful, and timid: Nina Abadie comes from an elite family of intellectual over-achievers. Still, all Nina wants when she grows up is to be loved by the perfect man, like in the fairytales she reads—or so she thinks. Hiding in her fantasy world calms the chaos that often charges through Nina’s suburban home and city life, yet when threatened or afraid, fantasy becomes reality, punishing those who dare to be the source of her torment.

A captivating blend of autobiographical fiction and magical realism, Dancer in the Bullpen charts the life of a Black woman growing up in the D.C. suburbs, the expectations that bind her, and the love that will set her free.


Learn more about the author, Chana Shinegba.


“A prolific writer who conveys her story with the ease and expertise of a veteran author…. Many will be able to relate to Nina’s evolution of womanhood and coming-of-age, regardless of gender.”
—  Carlos Harleaux, author of Can I Pick Your Brain?

“With elements of magical realism and raw emotion, Shinegba paints a vivid portrait of Nina’s journey from timid dreamer to empowered individual…. Plunge into this spellbinding blend of autobiography and fiction, set against the backdrop of the D.C. suburbs, and discover the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.”
Gina Nicole Brown, actor and author of Teeth Should Not Be Optional