Lullabies for Little Criminals

by Heather O'Neill

On Sale: 06/06/2010

Lullabies for Little Criminals

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Lullabies for Little Criminals

by Heather O'Neill

On Sale: 06/06/2010

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About the Book

“A beautiful book. . . . There are phrases in here that will make you laugh out loud, and others that will stop your heart. A definite triumph.” — David Rakoff, author of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish

The international bestseller by Heather O'Neill, the Giller-shortlisted author of Daydreams of Angels and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. A blend of Girl, Interrupted and Thirteen, Lullabies for Little Criminals is a heartbreaking and wholly original novel about a young girl fighting to preserve a bruised innocence on the feral streets of a big city

Baby, all of thirteen years old, is lost in the gangly, coltish moment between childhood and the strange pulls and temptations of the adult world. Her mother is dead; her father Jules is always on the lookout for his next score. Baby knows that “chocolate milk” is Jules’ slang for heroin and sees a lot more of that in her house than the real article. But she takes vivid delight in the scrappy bits of happiness and beauty that find their way to her, and moves through the threat of the streets as if she’s been choreographed in a dance.

Soon, though, a hazard emerges that is bigger than even her hard-won survival skills can handle. Alphonse, the local pimp, has his eye on her for his new girl; he wants her body and soul—and what the johns don’t take he covets for himself. At the same time, a tender and naively passionate friendship unfolds with a boy from her class at school, who has no notion of the dark claims on her—which even her father, lost on the nod, cannot totally ignore. Jules consigns her to a stint in juvie hall, and for the moment this perceived betrayal preserves Baby from terrible harm—but after that, her salvation has to be her own invention.

Channeling the artlessly affecting voice of her thirteen-year-old heroine with extraordinary accuracy and power, O’Neill’s dazzles with a 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554687664
  • ISBN 10: 1554687667
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/06/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary

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