Of Lullabies for Little Criminals Heather O’Neill says, “I had a ludicrous childhood, but I feel that I was able to profit from a lot of the idiotic and unfortunate things that happened to me by turning them into fiction. I feel in that way that I cheated fate by writing this book, by declaring that ordinary stones were gold.”
In the eight years since the publication of her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O’Neill’s amazing popularity has not waned. Winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize, O’Neill isn’t just well-lauded, but also well-loved, with a wide and dedicated fan base. It was no surprise to her readers when Chatelaine named her one of the most influential women in Canada.
Heather’s second novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, lives up to the promise of her earlier work. The Globe and Mail’s Lauren Bride calls it the “book where she emerges as a fully-formed artist” and in The Star, Patricia Hluchy calls O’Neill “a sort of demented angel with an uncanny knack for metaphor.” In 19-year-old twins Nouschka and Nicolas Tremblay, Heather tells the story of a family and a province–the good and the bad–as Nouschka struggles to find her place in her family, her province, her history, and to create her own story.
Born in Montreal, Heather was raised partly in the American South before returning to Montreal where she now lives with her daughter.
Nominated for the Giller Long List.