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A Girl’s Life: Marjorie Celona‚Äôs coming of age novel, Y, tells a familiar story of female suffering

“While the male Bildungsroman , such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, or The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, tends to involve the acquisition of power, the experience of adventure, or the act of rebellion, the female version seems dictated by how well a heroine can withstand suffering without flinching.”