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Lullabies for Little Criminals

A Novel

 On Sale: 05/10/2006
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A gritty, heart-wrenching novel about bruised innocence on the city's feral streets—the remarkable debut of a stunning literary talent

Heather O'Neill dazzles with a first novel of extraordinary prescience and power, a subtly understated yet searingly effective story of a young life on the streets—and the strength, wits, and luck necessary for survival.

At thirteen, Baby vacillates between childhood comforts and adult temptation: still young enough to drag her dolls around in a vinyl suitcase yet old enough to know more than she should about urban cruelties. Motherless, she lives with her father, Jules, who takes better care of his heroin habit than he does of his daughter. Baby's gift is a genius for spinning stories and for cherishing the small crumbs of happiness that fall into her lap. But her blossoming beauty has captured the attention of a charismatic and dangerous local pimp who runs an army of sad, slavishly devoted girls—a volatile situation even the normally oblivious Jules cannot ignore. And when an escape disguised as betrayal threatens to crush Baby's spirit, she will ultimately realize that the power of salvation rests in her hands alone.

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"Wow. Talk about growing up in a cold, cruel world. This is really putting it like it is out there for teens who have live in a world and raise themselves. O'Neill bars none and shows us the reality of living an adult life through the eyes of a child. Even as a Guidance Counselor and hearing and seeing some of the things I have encountered—some of what I read here was overwhelming for me. But unfortunatly, I know it to be the harsh reality of life for some. The way Baby deals with it all is simply amazing. The author is to be commended on this fine piece of literature. I would recommend to counselors and teachers of middle and senior highschool students, as well as parents of the same."
— Sarah (Beaufort, SC)

ISBN: 9780060875077; ISBN10: 0060875070; Imprint: Harper Perennial ; On Sale: 05/10/2006; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: 5 5/16 x 8; Pages: 352; $17.50; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:FIC019000; BISAC2:FIC043000

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