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Lullabies for little criminals : a novel

Author: Heather O'Neill
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : Tenth anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather O'Neill
ISBN: 9780062468475 0062468472
OCLC Number: 946516766
Notes: First edition published 2006.
Reissued 2016.
"Featuring a new introduction from the author"--Page 4 of cover.
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more ...
Description: xii, 330, 16 pages : portrait ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Heather O'Neill.

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"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 realize that the power of salvation rests in her hands alone."--Jacket.

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A vivid portrait of life on skid row. --"People"" This is a beautiful book, all the more remarkable because its harrowing tale is (virtuosically) told without a trace of self-pity or bathos. There Read more...

 
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