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Y That perfect letter The wishbone fork in the road empty wineglass The uestion we ask over and over Why My life begins at the Y So begins the story of Shannon a newborn baby dumped at the doors of the YMCA swaddled in a dirty gray sweatshirt with nothing but a Swiss Army knife She is found moments later by a man who catches only a glimpse of her troubled mother as she disappears from view All three lives are forever changed by the single decisionBounced between foster homes Shannon endures abuse and neglect but then fi. 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 childThe 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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Nds stability and love in the home of Miranda a kind single mother who refuses to let anything ever go to waste But as Shannon grows so do the uestions inside her Where is she from Who is her true family Why would they abandon her on the day she was bornThe answers lie in the heartbreaking tale of Yula Shannon’s mother a girl herself and one with a desperate fate Yula spends her days caring for her bitter widowed father and her spirited toddler Eugene until the day she meets Harrison a man who will protect her but als. 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 bookThe 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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O a man with a dark past and stories yet to be revealed Soon they are expecting a daughter but as Yula goes into labour she and Harrison are caught in a tragic series of events that will destroy their family and test their limits of compassion and sacrificeEventually the two stories converge to shape an unforgettable story of family identity and inheritance Written with rare beauty wisdom and intimacy Y is a novel that asks “why” even as it reveals that the answer isn’t always clear and that it may not always matt. 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 itI 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 reactI 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 uit 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 uest 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 degreeShannon 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 uest 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 knowThere 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 uite settle So she goes and finds her past starting with the man who found her at the YAnd 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 doIt s a story of a girlleft on the steps of a YGrowing up listlesslywondering hopelessly why An infant awaresoon as she opened her eyesA violent birthand the impending demiseDays turned to yearsin wonder and impatienceNothing could ground herand thought thatlove s an indulgenceShe s wary of anyonewho might show her compassionAlways defensivesecond guessing their intentionsTo those who love herfully and honestlyShe s out of reachall closed up tightlyA slip of a girlwith one blinded eyeStronger than she looksfor a four foot nothing highShe draws her strengthin knowing that she survivedthe violent birthand in love she had thrived


10 thoughts on “Y author Marjorie Celona

  1. says:

    I received this book through Goodreads First ReadsI 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 mai

  2. says:

    It seems ironic that the day I choose to read Y is the day this uote comes up on my twitter feed When writing a no

  3. says:

    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 childho

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    The past year 2012 has been a period of achievement and excellence for Canadian fiction with particularly strong contributions from wo

  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 Sh

  7. says:

    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 itI 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

  8. says:

    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 u

  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 uirky story with some very odd characters so

  10. says:

    I found this to be a uiet 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 uiet 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 m