Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

About the book

Baby is twelve years old. Her mother died not long after she was born and she lives in a string of seedy flats in Montreal’s red light district with her father Jules, who takes better care of his heroin addiction than he does of his daughter. Jules is an intermittent presence and a constant source of chaos in Baby’s life – the turmoil he brings with him and the wreckage he leaves in his wake. Baby finds herself constantly re-adjusting to new situations, new foster homes, new places, new people, all the while longing for stability and a ‘normal’ life. But Baby has a gift – the ability to find the good in people, a genius for spinning stories and for cherishing the small crumbs of happiness that fall into her lap. She is bright, smart, funny and observant about life on the dirty streets of a city and wise enough to realise salvation rests in her own hands.

Reviewed by Anon reading group:

A very well constructed novel. It was shocking in its reality. Vivid portrayal of a child’s experience expressed by an adult.

Star rating: ***+

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1 thought on “Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill”

  1. Review by Fawley Reading Group
    Well written, descriptive and compelling but not enjoyable because of content.
    *** 3 stars

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