|By (author):||O'Neill, Heather|
|Subject:||FICTION / Canadian|
|FICTION / Coming of Age|
|FICTION / Literary|
|Size:||8.25in x 5.50in x 0.92in|
|From The Publisher*|
A new deluxe edition of the international bestseller by Heather O'Neill, the Giller-shortlisted author of Daydreams of Angels and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, featuring an original foreword from the author, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the coming-of-age story that People describes as "a vivid portrait of life on skid row."
Baby, all of thirteen years old, is lost in the gangly, coltish moment between childhood and the strange pulls and temptations of the adult world. Her mother is dead; her father, Jules, is scarcely more than a child himself and is always on the lookout for his next score. Baby knows that "chocolate milk" is Jules' slang for heroin and sees a lot more of that in her house than the real article. But she takes vivid delight in the scrappy bits of happiness and beauty that find their way to her, and moves through the threat of the streets as if she's been choreographed in a dance.
|Review Quote*||"A vivid portrait of life on skid row."|
|Review Quote*||"A nuanced, endearing coming-of-age novel you won't want to miss."|
|Review Quote*||"Vivid and poignant.... A deeply moving and troubling novel."|
|Review Quote*||"A beautiful book, all the more remarkable because its harrowing tale is (virtuosically) told without a trace of self-pity or bathos. There are phrases in here that will make you laugh out loud, and others that will stop your heart. A definite triumph."|
|Review Quote*||"O'Neill is a tragicomedienne par excellence…. You will not want to miss this tender depiction of some very mean streets."|
|Review Quote*||"A poignant tale…. O'Neill brings the setting to life."|
|Review Quote*||"O'Neill somehow infuses her troubling story with a kind of heartbreaking innocence…. She is a wonderful stylist and the voice she has created for Baby is original and altogether captivating."|
|Review Quote*||"A winsome debut novel."|