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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: 01/01/2013 ISBN-13: 9780571294954  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Marjorie Celona is the author of Y, which was chosen for the Waterstones 11 debut list, shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the Giller Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award for 'Othello'. Marjorie received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts fellow and recipient of the John C. Schupes fellowship. In recent years, she has been the Olive B. O'Connor fellow at Colgate University and writer-in-residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Crazyhorse, amongst others. Born and raised on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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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