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Heather O'Neill
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 1 year ago
I heard about this book because the author was part of a panel about the arts in Montreal on a BBC Arts and Culture show. The book traces the lives of two orphans in the Montreal of the turn of the century and depression. O’Neill’s two central characters are Rose and Pierrot, both of who’s birth is...
Uniquely Portable Magic
Uniquely Portable Magic rated it 3 years ago
Set in the early part of the 20th century, between the first and second World War, this novel is part love story, part feminist novel. It also sometimes feels like a fairy tale with parts of the story told in such a lyrical way, there should be a musical accompaniment. In the winter of 1914 in Mo...
Marjorie's World of Books
Marjorie's World of Books rated it 5 years ago
This story takes place in 1914. Rose and Pierrot are the children of poor, unwed teenagers and both end up at the same orphanage when they’re abandoned by their mothers. There’s a strong bond between these two children as they face their loveless days with the nuns. The nuns are determined to keep...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
Considerably darker than the short stories that introduced me to O'Neill (Daydreams of Angels), this novel is nonetheless suffused with enough hope and humour to keep the reader going through the rather wretched circumstances of the life of the young female narrator ("Baby"). It's easy to forget jus...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
Somewhere between three and four stars for this one. This is my first encounter with Heather O'Neill, and I really enjoyed her tidy, evocative prose and the way each of the stories, although set in a fantasy world with a common theme (angels), had its own internal logic. Most were quite funny, but a...
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