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Marjorie Celona received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts fellow and recipient of the John C. Schupes fellowship. In recent years, she has been the Olive B. O'Connor fellow at Colgate University and writer-in-residence at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Crazyhorse, amongst others. Born and raised on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Two parallel stories that draw together in a most satisfying manner, true to life. This is the sort of book which you should give time to, clear your decks and read it as fast as possible. It truly grabs, the descriptions of places, awful foster homes and the sad plight of Y (Yula) is heart-wrenching. If you are prone to crying in books you will here. Then there is the story of Shannon, a wild, troubled child who must lay her past to rest, and your heart with it. Excellent. Highly recommended.
January 2013 Debut of the Month. Why would a mother give up her daughter? Can abandonment ever be an act of love? And could you ever forgive her? Written in the first-person present tense, this is a powerful, intelligent and arresting look at parenting, foster care and the issues of finding your identity.