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Y

(2013)
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"Y. That perfect letter. The wishbone, fork in the road, empty wineglass. The question we ask over and over. Why? . . . My life begins at the Y." So opens Marjorie Celona's highly acclaimed and exquisitely rendered debut about a wise-beyond-her-years foster child abandoned as a newborn on the doorstep of the local YMCA. Swaddled in a dirty gray sweatshirt with nothing but a Swiss Army knife tucked between her feet, little Shannon is discovered by a man who catches only a glimpse of her troubled mother as she disappears from view. That morning, all three lives are forever changed.

Bounced between foster homes, Shannon endures abuse and neglect until she finally finds stability with Miranda, a kind but no-nonsense single mother with a free-spirited daughter of her own. Yet Shannon defines life on her own terms, refusing 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.

Brilliantly and hauntingly interwoven with Shannon's story is the tale of her mother, Yula, a girl herself who is facing a desperate fate in the hours and days leading up to Shannon's birth. As past and present converge, Y tells an unforgettable story of identity, inheritance, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Celona's ravishingly beautiful novel offers a deeply affecting look at the choices we make and what it means to be a family, and it marks the debut of a magnificent new voice in contemporary fiction.

 
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Used availability for Marjorie Celona's Y


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Hardback Editions

April 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 1-4448-1910-0 / 978-1-4448-1910-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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May 2013 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Y (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 1-4104-5818-0 / 978-1-4104-5818-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2013 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Y: A Novel
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 1-4516-7438-4 / 978-1-4516-7438-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2013 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 0-571-29495-2 / 978-0-571-29495-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2012 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 0-670-06637-0 / 978-0-670-06637-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2014 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 0-571-30547-4 / 978-0-571-30547-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Y: A Novel
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 1-4516-7440-6 / 978-1-4516-7440-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 0-14-318223-4 / 978-0-14-318223-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
ISBN: 0-571-28339-X / 978-0-571-28339-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Y: A Novel
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2012 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Y
Author(s): Marjorie Celona
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Availability: Amazon CA   


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