The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

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The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

by Heather Oneill

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 28, 2014 | Hardcover

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

From the author of the international bestseller Lullabies for Little Criminals, a coming-of-age novel set on the seedy side of Montreal''s St. Laurent Boulevard

Gorgeous twins Noushcka and Nicolas Tremblay live with their grandfather Loulou in a tiny, sordid apartment on St. Laurent Boulevard. They are hopelessly promiscuous, wildly funny and infectiously charming. They are also the only children of the legendary Québécois folksinger Étienne Tremblay, who was as famous for his brilliant lyrics about working-class life as he was for his philandering bon vivant lifestyle and his fall from grace. Known by the public since they were children as Little Noushcka and Little Nicolas, the two inseparable siblings have never been allowed to be ordinary. On the eve of their twentieth birthday, the twins'' self-destructive shenanigans catch up with them when Noushcka agrees to be beauty queen in the local St. Jean Baptiste Day parade. The media spotlight returns, and the attention of a relentless journalist exposes the cracks in the family''s relationships. Though Noushcka tries to leave her family behind, for better or worse, Noushcka is a Tremblay, and when tragedy strikes, home is the only place she wants to be.

With all the wit and poignancy that made Baby such a beloved character in Lullabies for Little Criminals, O''Neill writes of an unusual family and what binds them together and tears them apart. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is classic, unforgettable Heather O''Neill.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.8 × 5.8 × 1.4 in

Published: April 28, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002006308

ISBN - 13: 9780002006309

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Read I really enjoyed the book Lullabies for Little Criminals, even though it was heartbreaking to think of a young person having to deal with such adult-like issues at such a young age. I had the same feeling reading The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. At first I wasn't so sure I was going to enjoy this book, but once the characters really developed, it was another great read. I found myself anxiously trying to get to the next page/chapter to find out what happens next. O'Neill writes so well that you can clearly picture the scenes playing out in your mind, which helps you to really empathize with the characters (character flaws and all). I can easily picture this book being made into a movie. If you enjoyed Lullabies, you will likely enjoy this one too.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I waited eight years for this. When you read a book that catches you holding your breathe and forming a lump in your throat. That causes tears in your eyes for all of the reasons. That wills you to re-read that paragraph one more time. I waited eight years for Heather O'Neill's second novel and it was just as wonderful as her first.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from O'Neill Makes Down' n' Dirty Montreal Come Alive on Paper Heather O'Neill's poetic writing truly captures the joie de vivre of Montreal. The main characters have spirit, spunk and depth.
Date published: 2014-07-01

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The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

by Heather Oneill

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.8 × 5.8 × 1.4 in

Published: April 28, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002006308

ISBN - 13: 9780002006309

From the Publisher

From the author of the international bestseller Lullabies for Little Criminals, a coming-of-age novel set on the seedy side of Montreal''s St. Laurent Boulevard

Gorgeous twins Noushcka and Nicolas Tremblay live with their grandfather Loulou in a tiny, sordid apartment on St. Laurent Boulevard. They are hopelessly promiscuous, wildly funny and infectiously charming. They are also the only children of the legendary Québécois folksinger Étienne Tremblay, who was as famous for his brilliant lyrics about working-class life as he was for his philandering bon vivant lifestyle and his fall from grace. Known by the public since they were children as Little Noushcka and Little Nicolas, the two inseparable siblings have never been allowed to be ordinary. On the eve of their twentieth birthday, the twins'' self-destructive shenanigans catch up with them when Noushcka agrees to be beauty queen in the local St. Jean Baptiste Day parade. The media spotlight returns, and the attention of a relentless journalist exposes the cracks in the family''s relationships. Though Noushcka tries to leave her family behind, for better or worse, Noushcka is a Tremblay, and when tragedy strikes, home is the only place she wants to be.

With all the wit and poignancy that made Baby such a beloved character in Lullabies for Little Criminals, O''Neill writes of an unusual family and what binds them together and tears them apart. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is classic, unforgettable Heather O''Neill.

About the Author

Heather O'Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist. She was born in Montreal, Quebec. O'Neill published her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, in 2006. The novel was then selected for the 2007 edition of Canada Reads. The book also won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for eight other major awards, including the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Governor General's Award and was longlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. O'Neill was educated at Dawson College and McGill University. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Toronto Star.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS:

"Tear-jerkingly effective." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"O''Neill is a wonderful stylist . . . and the voice she has created for Baby is original and altogether captivating." -BOOKLIST

"Vivid and poignant." -THE INDEPENDENT

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