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Y

A Novel
Celona, Marjorie (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Y


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A wise-beyond-her-years foster child is abandoned as a newborn on the doorstep of the local YMCA, yet defines life on her own terms, refuses to settle down, and never stops longing to uncover her roots--especially the stubborn question of why her mother would abandon her on the day she was born.
Authors: Celona, Marjorie
Title: Y
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Free Press,, 2013.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Characteristics: 259 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Originally published: Canada : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2012.
Summary: A wise-beyond-her-years foster child is abandoned as a newborn on the doorstep of the local YMCA, yet defines life on her own terms, refuses to settle down, and never stops longing to uncover her roots--especially the stubborn question of why her mother would abandon her on the day she was born.
Local Note: 15 53 80 102 109 118 133 148 151 152 167 173 182 198 216 226 243 244
ISBN: 1451674384
9781451674385
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Report This Nov 05, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Shannon has a lot of whys in her life, but all the whys are what she wants to know. Left infront of the Y(MCA), she has a unique beginning and she finds family in people who are not related to her, but she is thankful for them regardless what is going on with her. Follow Shannon's mother/father's story, as well, as you get to know Shannon with all her faults and quirks as she gets to know herself along the journey.

Easy, fast read --- references throughout to places and various recognizable locations around Victoria make this book thoroughly enjoyable. Not often you get a book that is "so close to home."

Report This Dec 27, 2012
  • bdellovibrio rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very engaging read.

Report This Dec 06, 2012
  • LaughingOne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is actually two stories, one of the birth family of this baby girl and how she came to be abandoned, the other the story of the girl over a period of 16-17 years. Both stories are told by the girl, from her perspective. What was especially interesting to me was seeing/living the girl's life from inside her. We don't normally get to see what another person is thinking, especially in situations like this. All of the characters are flawed; however, it is obvious that most of them are doing the best they can in an imperfect world. Thought-provoking and hopeful are words I would use to describe this novel, despite the unbearable things that happen in it.

Anh excellent first book. Despite the fact that Shannon was an abandoned child always looking for her real identity, it reflects how many people live in the same way. And, finally, looking back, realize that their life was good.

Report This Nov 06, 2012
  • rowanquincy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Doesn't live up to the hype. Suspect it is so popular due the the many Victoria mentions.

Stunning debut novel on the Giller long list.

Report This Oct 04, 2012
  • LibrarianLaura rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this book for the fact that it made me feel both deeply upset and also giggle aloud. What constitutes a family; is it blood or is it something much, much larger? This is a story burning with truth that is so often untold. Fiction with thought.

Report This Sep 17, 2012
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This story is written in alternating chapters of Shannon's story and her birth mother's story. It takes place on Vancouver Island and is full of references to island life. I enjoyed the Canadian setting. The story is very dark and depressing in many places but it draws you through to the end with the hope of a happier conclusion..

Report This Sep 01, 2012
  • ksoles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The fact that Marjorie Celona has remained my best friend for the past 26 years undoubtedly influences my review of her debut novel. However, I can say with certainty that, even if I didn't know Celona personally, her story and its cast of flawed but deeply endearing characters would still have me captivated. Unsurprisingly, "Y" begins on the doorstep of Victoria's YMCA, where a young and frightened Yula abandons her newborn daughter. This infant, Shannon, becomes the novel's omniscient narrator, moving through foster homes and constantly seeking roots. An outlooker and a chameleon, Shannon guides the reader through a complex and disturbing family history that ends with Yula's dramatic decision. The tale deftly combines comedy with tragedy, inevitability with unexpectedness and casual acquaintance with intimacy. Ultimately, "Y" profoundly poses the question we always ask when life takes one turn instead of another: why?

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