Y 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 YSo 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 BornBrilliantly 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

Marjorie Celona s debut novel, Y, won France s Grand Prix Litt raire de l H ro ne and was nominated for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Marjorie has published work in The O Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Sunday Times, and elsewhere Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Marjorie

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  • Hardcover
  • 259 pages
  • Y
  • Marjorie Celona
  • English
  • 04 December 2017
  • 9781451674385

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  1. says:

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.I don t think I have ever been so sad to see a book end It caught me by surprise and I must have stared at the last page for 5 minutes before I finally closed the book It was like saying goodbye to a friend that you don t want to lose I grew so attached to the main character that I almost cried.One of my favourite things about this book is the way it was written The narrative is beautiful and 150% suits how you imagine Shannon would think if she was an actual human being She doesn t always describe what s going on in full sentences, but when you think about it, when does anyone in real life think to themselves in full sentences when something is going on I sure don t In my opinion the narrative is pretty much what made this book exceptional.I loved how not one character in this book was perfect Their flaws don t get pointed out blatantly, but you know that they have them and you know what they are for the most part It s like you ve been talking to this character for a bit and you notice they have a tick or something Their flaws are slipped in just like that And it makes them so much vivid and life like Last but not least, the plot I only have one word for this phenomenal I seriously can t explain it any other way If I had the time and I thought someone would actually read it, I d write two pages on just the plot alone It flowed so smoothly and weaved together so wonderfully that I didn t even feel like I was reading a book No questions were left unanswered, and yet there was still a hint of mystery at the end But I was left satisfied instead of upset with that.I would, and have already, recommend this book to everyone I meet Strangers walking down the street might even be told to read this book I loved it that much.

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    It seems ironic that the day I choose to read Y is the day this quote comes up on my twitter feed When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters A character is a caricature How right Ernest Hemingway was indeed My galley copy of Y seems to breathe on it s own Its pages are filled with characters, but two or three are so vivid that they aren t caricatures but real people.On my first day working for Penguin Canada, there was a quiet hum of Y reverberating around the office My cube buddy told me that Y is the company s baby this year everyone loves it She gave me the run down of the book s contents and I figured it sounded okay, but not something I would read Later, when I heard our Publisher speak of it, I have to admit I was than curious I snagged a galley copy, started it at 1 30 this afternoon and finished it at 5 15 The novel, told in both present and past tense, seemed to pulse in my hand, as if urging me to go on reading the tale that tangled so many lives together to form one story one girl.This book doesn t have a fast paced plot line, a clear antagonist, a gripping sense of urgency, or a really powerful romance It s just a story So what makes it special enough for me to call it one to watch out for on all the awards lists The characters Marjorie Celona has tapped the very essence of humanity, without exploring romance or religion, and laid out before us a relatable story of self exploration, decisions, realizations, and family ties My own life and personality are nothing like that of Shannon, Y s main character Still, I felt a sense of absolute connectivity between us because of her mental explorations Her questions about herself, her doubts about people around her, the instability of growing up it s all aptly familiar.The story is told from a first person omniscient point of view The fact that Celona accomplished this is in itself enough of a reason to read this book I couldn t imagine a harder form of writing and yet she does it effortlessly and stunningly It made me feel connected to every character discussed in the book, even the ones I came to dislike She exposes everyone s vulnerabilities and insecurities, leaving the reader to discern what is positive about them I remember tearing my hair out during my time spent taking Creative Writing in college because one of my professors would bang on the table, spittle flying everywhere accompanied by the words SHOW, DON T TELL How , my brain would cry, and my pen would just draw scribbles across the paper He would point out this flaw in many, many books I can just imagine him being floored by reading this sheer piece of brilliance Celona s writing is the very depiction of the mantra Show, Don t Tell.I was especially interested by the fact that I found myself intrigued and fond of Shannon s mother, Yula, who gave her up the day she was born Her story Her untold thoughts Her quiet pain It radiated like heat off the pages and I wanted to know and At the end of the book, despite having all the loose ends tied together neatly enough, there was a lot left unsaid, which I am doubtlessly going to ponder over for days, especially in terms of Yula and her life We always know what Shannon is thinking, but I was left hungry to know what lay beneath Yula s delicate and complex self.Y represents the eternal question that runs through all our minds daily Why did this happen Why are we here Why won t you look at me Why do I feel this way Why can t I say what I really feel Why Why Why This book was Shannon s search for answers, but it subtly brings up all the questions we bury deep within ourselves Why do we bury them It makes you think but, importantly, it makes you feel When a book can leave your chest feeling heavy and your fingertips feeling lonely now that the touch of the pages is no , it is a book worthy of being called irresistible When this book releases in September 2012, rest assured you won t be holding just another book but a work of literary art that will leave you aching for .

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    A baby is abandoned at the Y Why Why do people choose the forks in the path that they do People are so often incapable of recognising choices They lack a perceptual awareness of their own abilities to influence their own course through their life The novel follows the story of the abandoned baby and her childhood, and intersperses it with the story of her biological parents The paths of the characters are littered with misery and bad choices The bleakness is alleviated only a little by the naive hopes of the child.The characters were sketched in bold strong strokes, but didn t feel filled in The use of the city as a character itself helped compensate for this The rich imageries of the various neighbourhoods of Victoria were replete with details that provided strong contexts for the story lines I enjoyed this the most As she walked her characters along Dallas Rd at the ocean front, past the World s Tallest Totem, and over to Ogden Point where the cruise ships berth, I saw it readily in my mind The down and outs of Pandora Ave and other marginal areas dominated the book The rural areas out west, beside a provincial park, also played true to form, harboring an eclectic mix of reclusive people who seek refuge in the environment of towering trees forming a nave , like a church, or an Emily Carr painting, as noted by one of the characters.

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    This novel is gorgeously written It is told from the point of view of Shannon who, as an infant, is abandoned by her birth mother on the steps of a YMCA But the narrative also explores the incidents leading up to this moment It s a heart breaking, aching sort of story in so many ways, but it also forces the reader to examine what makes a family and what defines home The final passages of the novel just about blew me away with their cruelty, honesty, and beauty The only complaint I have is that I felt a distance from Shannon Despite the intimate first person voice which narrates both her own story and the story of her mother, she somehow remained elusive, which may very well have been intentional on Celona s part Shannon is an unknowable creaturebut I just wanted her to let me inif even for only a moment.

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    The past year, 2012, has been a period of achievement and excellence for Canadian fiction, with particularly strong contributions from women authors such as Nancy Richler The Imposter Bride, Alix Ohlin Inside and Linda Spalding The Purchase There have also been positive comments in the media about the work of Marjorie Celona, a West Coast writer whose novel Y was published during the year.For this reason, I read this novel with high expectations.Its basic plot is compelling A baby is left by the Y in what seems to be Victoria, B.C., and the surviving child is driven over the years to uncover the mystery of who her mother is and why she was given away Shannon survives a hard luck childhood, maintains her sense of determination, and makes progress in her searching all against a backdrop of what she feels is lack of love and considerable loneliness This could, one supposes, be a story of keeping hope in a hard context, of adversity confronted and perhaps overcome.But that was not how this novel made me feel Instead, it turned into a turgid plod, a bleak and tedious rendering of one bad break after another for Shannon a depressing description of a ceaselessly grey landscape where ocean and mountains and forests just somehow vanished constantly I found this young woman to be just unconvincingly pathetic not once in her seventeen years does she make a friend of her own age Thus even when her search is resolved she can conclude nothing but that its results will prove to be meaningless.I suppose that there is no reason to demand a vibrant character as the central figure in a book though that does help a story s appeal for readers But at the very least one should expect some spirit and strength in the character whose story has set off 350 pages of prose.Overall, then, this is a novel that left me quite disappointed.

  6. says:

    The book starts with Shannon describing how she was abandoned as a newborn on the steps of the YMCA just before it hoped at 5AM Shannon is the narrator She tells us her story and that of her parents that led to her being abandoned Neither story is bright and sunny but ultimately Shannon s life is better for her mother s decision Shannon has three foster families before she is five and moves in with Miranda and her daughter Lydia Rose She is very lucky to end up with Miranda She has issues but Miranda sticks with her Shannon is very private and rarely lets anyone know what she is thinking or feeling, even to the reader of the book The story of Yula and Harrison, Shannon s parents, could be described as shocking They were damaged young But they were not bad people Vaughn, who witnessed the abandonment, becomes an important individual in Shannon s life, to his and her credit While we get Shannon s story chronologically, the her parent s story is disjointed Having the two stories told so differently was a bit disconcerting but in the end it feels like a good way to do it.

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    Truth be told, I wrote this book off as something that was slightly out of my intellectual reach Even if the story sounded simple enough, I m shamed to say that I didn t get it.I had a completely different opinion after I read it the first time I was unable to get over myself See, I get so comfortable with my reading choices that when a book this jarring comes my way, I freeze I don t know what to do with myself I ve been so stubbornly set on how a character should act or how her story should ve been written that when an author writes something incredibly real, I m unable to react.I ve been trying to finish this book for than a month now And I ve asked myself fruitlessly on numerous times why I ve exerted the effort The only reason I could come up with is that I ve been intrigued by this book ever since I came across it last year I must admit that while reading this novel, I wondered what makes someone s work critically acclaimed And man, I didn t get it I realized at some point why I can t quit my day job just yet Because if I can t differentiate an award winning novel from the prosaic, then there s no point of entertaining my life long dream of doing this for a living I should mention that perhaps I am just not ready for this mature, quest for oneself s identity type of story It had evoked empathy that would probably be jostling to mothers like me If there s anyone who could tell us a tale of self discovery, it would be a baby abandoned at the doors of a Y I was expecting some pretty harrowing tales of living out the horrors of the foster care system in Canada But there wasn t much of that The most disheartening story was when she was but a toddler in the hands of an abusive foster dad Other than that, you could say that she had better luck that most Right now, in my city, a trial is in progress for the murder of a four year old girl in the hands of her mother and her boyfriend She s been in and out of the foster care system and had finally ended her short life full of abuse when her mother and the boyfriend beat her to death The system is under fire because they somehow missed the signs The point is, there are a lot of horror stories out there and Shannon may have been lucky to a degree.Shannon was pretty restless and living in all four seasons of her discontent She struggled to find herself in a world where nothing seemed right where she couldn t find her rightful place It s difficult to do that if you don t know where you came from That, in its essence, is Shannon s quest to know the reason why a mother would give up a child without knowing whether or not she d end up with a good life She didn t want a life with her biological mother, she just wanted to know.There were stories of teenage angst and rebellion of the lighter kind There were encounters with drug addicts, alcoholics and homeless hobos Even if the foster family who took her in offered her some sort of stability, she couldn t quite settle So she goes and finds her past starting with the man who found her at the Y.And then there s the story of her mother Yula , who incidentally was a child herself Her story was heartbreaking, her first child s even so She loved the way she knew how pure and all encompassing and to a fault Victim of circumstance and the environment around her, leaving Shannon s fate in the mercy of strangers was her way giving her second child a fighting chance In the end, and whatever her state of mind was at the time, I really couldn t fault or admonished her for committing all her unforgivable sins In the end, it was her love that made her do what she needed to do.It s a story of a girlleft on the steps of a Y.Growing up listlesslywondering hopelessly why An infant awaresoon as she opened her eyes.A violent birthand the impending demise.Days turned to yearsin wonder and impatience.Nothing could ground her,and thought thatlove s an indulgence.She s wary of anyonewho might show her compassion.Always defensive,second guessing their intentions.To those who love herfully and honestly.She s out of reachall closed up tightly.A slip of a girlwith one blinded eye.Stronger than she looksfor a four foot nothing high.She draws her strengthin knowing that she survived,the violent birthand in love she had thrived.

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    For the first sixteen years of her life, Shannon never knew her parents Left by her mother on the steps of a YMCA just hours after her birth, the young girl s abandonment is witnessed by only one man Her destiny remained bleak and uncertain as she was shuffled through foster homes, her name altered and her childhood a blur Y is the captivating story of Shannon s plight to come to terms with the hand she s been dealt It s a remarkable narrative on life and the perpetual question of why , examining what drives us to make life altering decisions The novel follows Shannon as she finally finds a permanent home with a strong willed single mother, struggles with the weight of her little life, and eventually commits to the decision to find her parents The biggest danger becomes whether her search will uncover things best left alone Alternating between Shannon s young life and the story of her mother, Yula, the novel delves into the bond between mothers and daughters, and the unforeseeable connections they share.Marjorie Celona s debut is a stunning work, hauntingly paced and meticulously crafted There s a self certainty to her prose that leaves a profound mark on the reader, and her wonderful, sad, enchanting young heroine only amplifies the significance of the story Shannon is remarkable in every way, the sort of character that will leave a lasting impression on the reader At times bitterly sad, other times charmingly witty, Shannon s narrative holds the reader in an unflinching, riveted curiosity With wisdom and sarcasm well beyond her age, she examines her life as well as her mother s, the events that led to her birth and the many heart rending fragments afterward, all dogged by the same daunting question why From her relationship with her adoptive sister to an ill advised attempt to run away, Shannon dissects her life decisions with extraordinary insight and honesty She becomes a friend to the reader, somewhat distant but all heart, as her story is explored, intertwined with the fateful plight of her pregnant eighteen year old mother, sixteen years in the past.I was moved, quieted, and deeply fascinated by Y and Celona s beautiful writing this is a writer whose career I look forward to following The boldness with which she conceived her story is utterly admirable, as is the fearlessness with which she handled several unhappy topics Everything about Y manages a chilling but brilliant picture in the reader s mind, and Celona softens all of the book s supporting characters just enough for the astonishing mind of Shannon to come into its full glory at the novel s center The Canadian backdrop of both city and wilderness are depicted with both a subtle grace and impacting detail that illuminates every corner of the novel Y is, as a result, an affecting story and a striking example of the art of literature at its finest Review Casee Marie, originally published on January 11, 2013 at LiteraryInklings.com I received a copy of the book for the purpose of review.

  9. says:

    My life begins at the Y, is the first sentence of this brilliant story of a foundling who struggles to make her way in a world not always so friendly or kind Not only did I love the travails and triumphs of this character, but I was also captivated by the writing I can wholeheartedly give this book a solid five star rating because it just has so much going for it It s a quirky story, with some very odd characters, some likable, some not, and a plot that just won t let go.The author flawlessly pulls off the rather difficult present tense while telling not only the present story, but also the past tale of the plight of the main character s mother, who ultimately abandons her newborn at the Y The main character is delightfully strange and compellingly sympathetic, and, like all the characters in this remarkable book, refreshingly vivid.The strength of the writing pulls the reader along with delicious turns of phrase and fascinating details At the shoreline, we stand at the edge of the world As the tide comes in, the whole world pushes into itself, and when the tide goes out, we all stretch towards the sea It looks like someone has spread a huge piece of tinfoil right in front of me and is shaking it from some invisible point I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down It was the best sort of book, one that causes you to have a sort of book hangover, in which you can t seem to let go of it and you keep seeing scenes from it in your mind The next book you pick up can t quite measure up and you find yourself wishing for a sequel I hope Ms Celona is working on another book, but it s hard to imagine she will be able to equal this one This book is a journey you won t regret You never take the road back empty handed, Shannon You return to the place you left and see it for the first time Celona just may be my new favorite author and this might be my favorite book of the year.

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    I found this to be a quiet book, not a lot of high drama, even when the events could have been told that way, like when her foster father beat her The book itself takes on the emotional style of the child mostly quiet and watchful, waiting to see whether the developing circumstances turn out to be good or bad When she allows herself a moment of breaking out of that passivity, it turns out to be unpleasant enough to send her back to her default mode The part of the final section in which Shannon and her family are reunited with her bio mom was most interesting to me for her foster mother s assessment of Shannon s characteristics, her strengths and weaknesses It s the kind of stuff most 17 year olds would take offense at, but Shannon just accepts it, actually with pleasure, realizing that Miranda had actually been paying so much attention to her The other thing I enjoyed very much was the description of Vancouver Island, and Shannon s little field trip to the seedier areas of the city of Vancouver.

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