Y by Marjorie Celona

yToday I learned that “Y” by Marjorie Celona is a great read.

The main premise of this book is that a newborn baby is left on the steps of the YMCA.  Each chapter shifts perspective between this baby as she grows up and her birth mother.

She is moved from one foster home to the next and this story  follows her coming of age and her desire to find out who her birth parents are and what reasons they had for doing this to her.  If you want to know more you will have to read the whole story!

“Y” reminded me of two of my other favourite books: “Lullabies for Little Criminals” and “A Complicated Kindness”.  It reads the same in that it is a very flawed and naive impression of the world told by a young girl living in an undesirable situation.  She makes the best of what she believes to be normal and we admire her ingenuity and optimism.

I really enjoyed this book and read it very quickly.  Recommended!


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