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    Description""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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    Title
    Y
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marjorie Celona
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 259
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451674385
    ISBN 10: 1451674384
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 02
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 813/.6
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A25865000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR9199.4.C396 Y25 2013
    Publisher
    Free Press
    Imprint name
    Free Press
    Publication date
    08 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    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 ofWhat It Takes to Be Human