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"Y is a beautiful, moving book that explores what it takes to belong from a new author with a voice that is bold, surefooted and confident". (Evie Wyld, Guardian). "Compassionate and keenly observed...Celona's well-judged conclusion does indeed fill the heart to bursting". (Daily Mail). ""Why" is a word that plagues Shannon, the narrator of this assured debut novel ...a sharp and compassionate exploration of the split nature of decisions". (Sunday Times). "A heartfelt first novel...Celona is compassionate toward even her most wayward characters". (New York Times). "Compulsively readable". (National Post). "Y is filled with heartbreaking loss and flawed heroes yet Celona's writing is filled with grace and compassion". (Heather O'Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals). "An evocative look into what makes a family, and what makes a home, and how they are undeniably helixed together". (Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin). "While Shannon is a heartbreaking character, Y is a warming story sprinkled with humour, forming the perfect canvas to interrogate big questions". (Psychologies). 'My life begins at the Y...'

Abandoned as a newborn at the doors of the local YMCA and then bounced between foster homes, Shannon eventually finds stability in the home of Miranda, a single mother with a daughter of her own. But as Shannon grows, so do her questions. Will she ever belong? Who is her true family? And why would her parents abandon Shannon on the day she was born? The answers lie in the heartrending tale of her mother, a headstrong young woman trapped in a series of events that will change her life forever.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 03/01/2013 ISBN-13: 9780571294954  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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A moving, compassionate and very enjoyable debut about love, family and the consequences of the choices we make in life (or the circumstances we unwittingly find ourselves in). Celona tells the dual stories of Yula, a young, damaged woman struggling to cope with life in the backwoods with a young son and a troubled partner, and Shannon, the daughter she comes to abandon on the doorstep of the local YMCA. Found wrapped in an old grey sweatshirt with a swiss army knife tucked up with her, Shannon grows up with a series of foster carers, some more caring than others, and eventually uncovers the story of her past. It's never maudlin or overly tragic (though tragedy certainly features). Celona deals very well with a troubled bunch of believable characters - leaving the reader to judge rather than emoting about them. - Heather

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 14/01/2013

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