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Y by [Celona, Marjorie]
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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YJH6TQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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