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a€œY. 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.a€ So opens Marjorie Celonaa€™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 rootsa€”especially the stubborn question of why her mother would abandon her on the day she was born. Brilliantly and hauntingly interwoven with Shannona€™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 Shannona€™s birth. As past and present converge, Y tells an unforgettable story of identity, inheritance, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Celonaa€™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.We live on Olive Street in a periwinkle character house with white trim, in a nice, middle-class neighborhood two blocks from the ocean. Some of ... My bedroom is across from theirs and is the size of a jail cell. I have a ... It is colder in this part of town, and the air smells of salt and seaweed. The park ... She has curly, chin- length hair and an apple-cheeked face peppered with pale-brown freckles. There isanbsp;...

Author:Marjorie Celona
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2013-01-08


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