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Marjorie Celona


Faber & Faber

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


368 pages

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Why would a mother give up her daughter? Can abandonment ever be an act of love? And could you ever forgive her? 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 tragic series of events that will destroy her family and test the limits of her compassion and sacrifice.

By:   Marjorie Celona
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export - Airside ed
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   487g
ISBN:   9780571283392
ISBN 10:   057128339X
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   February 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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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. 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.

This is not a novel of showy writing, but contains a great deal to admire ... Almost everyone in this novel is telling stories, lying, finding narratives of why they did what they did, and why there are who they are. 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 20130216 Celona treats her foundling heroine with brutal exhilaration, dipping between shuddering sadness and other-worldly ecstasy ... It is said that biology is destiny, but in this frequently moving novel Celona sensibly opts for the conclusion that the strongest family unit is not necessarily one that is genetically connected. -- Catherine Taylor Sunday Telegraph 20130217 Compassionate and keenly observed ... Celona's well-judged conclusion does indeed fill the heart to bursting. -- Stephanie Cross Daily Mail 20130131 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. The Sunday Times 20130127 The driving force of this debut novel is Shannon's question: why was I abandoned? In her quest to find her real mother, the theme that arises is how our origins influence our identity. While Shannon is a heart-breaking character,Yis a warming story sprinkled with humour, forming the perfect canvas to interrogate these big questions. Psychologies Magazine 20130121

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