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
Marjorie Celona's debut is a heartbreaking and compassionate story of sacrifice and love, which introduces readers to unforgettable characters and a brilliant new literary voice.