Book Review: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’neill

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Lullabies for little criminals : a novel

Can we talk about all of the little pockets of genius in this book?!

So Baby’s around 11/12/13, and lives with her dad who’s in his mid-20’s and a heroin user.

Life kind of nuts and he’s kind of erratic, but in the beginning they’ve got this really solid bind, the two of them against the world.

Eventually, Baby’s world gets bigger, and grows to include things like foster care, juvenile detention, a first boyfriend, sex, a pimp, drugs…

This is one of the better books I’ve read this year. Baby, as a narrator, has a really honest/unexpected/pure/unique/calm point of view and tone. And seriously, there are such deep bits of genius writing that have been expertly slipped into unexpected locations in this book. If it wasn’t a library book I would have been underlining them. They’re too good to give away here. read the book.

 

 

 

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