Y by Marjorie Celona

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Why did Yula leave her newborn baby on the steps of the YMCA at dawn? Why was this mystery baby placed with dysfunctional foster families, one after the other? Y for why? Or Y for YMCA, as in the opening sentence “My life begins at the Y”? This novel details the overwhelming challenges abandoned orphans face, including the mystery of their biological identity. Author Marjorie Celona, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been nominated for Canada’s prestigious Giller Prize this year. (Penguin)

About the Author

Jim Romahn is a freelance journalist in Kitchener, Ont., where he belongs to Community Christian Reformed Church.