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A foster child who has been shuffled through the system after being abandoned at the YMCA as a baby wonders about her birth family and the reasons she was given up, questions that lead to the tragic story of her flawed and desperate mother. A first novel. (general fiction).
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Marjorie Celona received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the John C. Schupes fellowship. Her stories have appeared in "Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train", and "Harvard Review". Born and raised on Vancouver Island, she lives in Cincinnati.Review:
"Richly textured, gritty, surprising, and innocent, Marjorie Celona's tale of an abandoned child explores the undercurrents of small town experience; it's a blue-collar world of courage, goodness, and violence . . . Celona has mapped place and class in a way I haven't read before, and she has created a character with such heart that I didn't want the story to end."
--Marilyn Bowering, author of "What It Takes to Be Human"
"I love ambition in a novel. I love humour, audacity, perseverance, craft. And I am deeply grateful when it gets exquisitely blended in a brand-new voice. Marjorie Celona's debut weaves the twin stories of a foster child's search for home and the raw account of her mother's decision to abandon her newborn. "Y" is an evocative look into what makes a family, and what makes a home, and how they are undeniably helixed together."--Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of "Let the Great World Spin"
"A wee baby girl is left behind and even before she opens her eyes, she begins to describe her extraordinary world. "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"
""Y" is everything I'm hoping for when I open a book--suspenseful, compelling, psychologically deft, and beautifully written, with characters so alive they seem to be in the room. Marjorie Celona is a brilliant writer at the start of a brilliant career."--Leah Stewart, author of "The Myth of You and Me "and "The History of Us"
"I was enraptured by Shannon's fierce searching heart . . . With a child's defiance, hurt and brittle vulnerability, she led me through a world littered with the abandoned, lost, and broken and brought back forgiveness."--Shandi Mitchell, author of "Under this Unbroken Sky"
"I couldn't get enough of Shannon, the charming, brave, and blistering heart of this novel. She's open to everyone she meets--mothers, fathers, the homeless, the addicted--so her story is too. Marjorie Celona has written a novel that is funny, contemporary, and heartbreaking, a novel that is in love with life."--Deborah Willis, author of "Vanishing and Other Stories"
"Marjorie Celona's" Y" is moving and utterly beautiful. Dark and bright, fresh and original, this novel grabs you and doesn't let go. What an extraordinary new voice!"--Amanda Boyden, author of "Pretty Little Dirty"
"Marjorie Celona's "Y" isn't merely an extraordinary debut; it would be cause for celebration if it were the author's second or fifth or twentieth novel. There's so much to relish: the nimbly interbraided stories of a mother and daughter . . .; the lovely, lucid, haunting prose; the subtle, precise command of tone. But above all I marvel at Celona's clear-eyed and heartbreakingly complex depiction of . . . the fierce, flawed, lovable people at this terrific novel's heart. These are indelible characters, and "Y" is a triumph."--Michael Griffith, author of "Trophy"
"Marjorie Celona's "Y" is the best novel I've read this year . . . [A]n unforgettable story about the nature of time itself, the way our past is always alive in the present, shaping us into who we are. With more honesty, compassion, and warmth than is sometimes fashionable in contemporary fiction, this novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned."--Anthony Varallo, author of "Out Loud"
""Y" is the story of humanity's first question: Who am I? This novel tells a pain-filled, utterly essential quest to know who one's family is. There is Oedipus. There is Pip. Now there is Shannon, compelled to search through unbearable secrets and trauma. The style is accomplished, the voice hauntingly matter-of-fact."--Kim Echlin, author of "The Disappeared"
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