shy of tragic


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Hello everyone,

Here Economist describes the novel, Inheritance of Loss, as
"Rich, Beguiling Tale...Bittersweet, Entertaining, and just shy of tragic."

I guess "shy of tragic" means this novel is very tragic(that really or literally is) or it is so tragic that it shy. do you agree?

It's just a phrase on the cover of the book.

Thank you for your help.
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