A story of a girl growing up in bohemian Quebec, striving for liberty; from the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS.
'Like Angela Carter, she is relentlessly inventive' Sunday Times
'Entrancing and antic and sensual as a dream' Guardian
The second novel by the author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel
Longlisted for the Baileys Prize 2015
At birth, Nouschka forms a bond with her twin that can never be broken.
At six, she's the child star daughter of Quebec's most famous musician.
At sixteen, she's a high-school dropout kicking up with her beloved brother.
At nineteen, she's the Beauty Queen of Boulevard Saint-Laurent.
At twenty, she's back in night school. And falling for an ex-convict.
And it's all being filmed by a documentary crew.
'An exuberantly written coming-of-age story . . . Flashbulb-bright and memorable . . . Nicolas
and Nouschka are the beautiful, frozen, fetishised symbols of separatist Quebec. As they try to
wrench themselves into being, their story is as entrancing and antic and sensual as a dream' - Guardian
'Delightfully bizarre . . .The author stuns with the vivid descriptions and metaphors that are
studded throughout the book' - Kirkus
'O'Neill's voice is singular, brave, magical, and bursting with stark beauty' - Lisa Moore, author of February
Heather O'Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2007 to international critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, The Girl who was Saturday Night, was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for the Giller Prize, as was her collection of short stories, Daydreams of Angels. Her third novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel was longlisted for the Baileys prize. Born and raised in Montreal, O'Neill lives there today with her daughter.