Lullabies for Little Criminals (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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O'Neill's writing is fine, as far as writing goes. - Goodreads
The ending was a let down. - Goodreads
The imagery is nice, don't get me wrong. - Goodreads
So I'll be vague about the ending. - Goodreads
Certainly a unique plot...I enjoyed it. - Goodreads
BUT was bitterly disappointed with the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Marcia Duthie - Goodreads

loved this book. Interesting to follow the life of this little girl living in these conditions and under these circumstances. Insight into a life so different than most of us experience. Read full review

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User Review  - Kori - Goodreads

This is a book that had a rather tragic story but is written in a very matter-of-fact fashion. The protagonist is a young girl who has seen way more than any adult should ever see but tells her story ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

HEATHER O’ NEILL’s first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, earned accolades around the world, including being named winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and being a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. She is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, National Public Radio, The New York Times Magazine, The Gazette (Montreal) and The Walrus. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives.

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