Lullabies for Little Criminals
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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 17th 2006
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 330
Edition language: English
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...
This was honestly one of the saddest, most disturbing, heartbreaking books I've ever read.This is the story of Baby, a twelve year old who is being raised by her father who is a heroin addict. They move from one crappy apartment to another living in absolute poverty.We follow Baby as she faces the c...
I loved this one 3.5 stars -- didn't quite love it, but I more than just liked it. Reading this book felt the same as reading Joyce Carol Oates' Foxfire. Deliciously good, in an arty, good-for-your-brain kind of way.
I could not put this book down - mostly because I couldn't got to bed at night until I was sure that Baby was okay. O'Neill is extraordinarily talented at writing as an older narrator recalling her horrific early years as a child prostitute. The most captivating aspect of this novel was the noncha...