Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Marjorie Celona about Y, her debut novel. This powerful story—about a baby who is abandoned at a YMCA—has already gotten a ton of praise from professional review outlets and book bloggers alike. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes coming-of-age tales or stories of unconventional families. (Hint: Did you like The Language of Flowers? You’ll love Y.)
The main character is Shannon, the abandoned baby who moves through the foster-care system on Vancouver Island and is eventually adopted into a (mostly) loving home. Shannon’s narrative alternates with the story of her birth mother Yula. Celona’s language is especially vivid and poetic, and I found myself admiring the rhythm of her descriptions on many occasions.
For more on Y, watch this conversation from the BookPage office. Celona was in Nashville to promote the novel at Parnassus Books.
Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Here’s how you can enter to win one of three signed copies of the novel:
TO ENTER: In the comments, tell us the name of your favorite coming-of-age story.
CONTEST DETAILS: Three winners will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 5 pm CST on Friday, February 1. The winners will each receive one signed copy of Y by Marjorie Celona. Prizes must be shipped to a North American address, and Rhode Island residents are not eligible. (Full contest rules here.) Good luck!
ETA: Congratulations to our winners, Emma, Megan and Barb!
Thanks to all who entered! Contest is now closed.