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Faber & Faber, Jan 1, 2013 - Fiction - 368 pages
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'My life begins at the Y...' 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 series of events that will change her life forever.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

As a newborn, Shannon is abandoned at the local "Y"—and then spends much of her young life asking "Why?"The cards seem stacked against Shannon as she tries to piece together the fragments of her life ... Read full review


User Review  - Sue White - Book Verdict

Y stands for an unknown quantity, which sums up Shannon, abandoned as a baby on a YMCA doorstep. After ricocheting through foster care, she finds a good home but is desperate to understand how a parent could give up a child. Gung-ho in-house enthusiasm. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Marjorie Celona is the author of Y, which was chosen for the Waterstones 11 debut list, shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the Giller Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award for 'Othello'. Marjorie 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.

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