Marjorie Celona's first novel, Y, was published in 2012 by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Random House Canada, in 2013 by Simon & Schuster (US), Faber & Faber (UK), Suhrkamp (Germany), and De Bezige Bij (Netherlands), and in 2014 by Gallimard (France), Mlada Fronta (Czech Republic), and Juritzen (Norway).
Y won France's Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Héroïne for Best Foreign Novel; was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing; was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and the Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuur Prijs (Netherlands); and was selected as the #1 Indie Next Pick from IndieBound.
Y is the story of the story of Shannon, a newborn baby dumped at the doors of the YMCA, swaddled in a dirty grey sweatshirt with nothing but a Swiss Army knife. She is found moments later by a man who catches a mere glimpse of her troubled mother as she disappears from view. All three lives are forever changed by the single decision.
Bounced between foster homes, Shannon endures neglect and abuse but then finds 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 questions inside her. Where is she from? Who is her true family? Why would they abandon her on the day she was born?