Lullabies for little criminals

a novel

330 pages

English language

Published Nov. 24, 2016

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5 stars (2 reviews)

"Heather O'Neill's first novel is a 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 …

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  • Drug addicts
  • Single parents
  • Teenage girls
  • Foster children
  • Foster home care
  • Bildungsromans
  • Fiction
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Street life
  • Motherless families
  • Pimps
  • Adolescence


  • Montréal (Québec)