The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'NeillThe Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

byHeather O'Neill

Hardcover | February 9, 2016

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From the author of the international bestsellerLullabies 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 inLullabies for Little Criminals, O’Neill writes of an unusual family and what binds them together and tears them apart.The Girl Who Was Saturday Nightis classic, unforgettable Heather O’Neill.

HEATHER O’ NEILL’s first novel,Lullabies for Little Criminals, earned accolades around the world, including being named winner of Canada Reads 2007 and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and being a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. She is a regular contributor to CBC Books, CBC Radio, Natio...
Title:The Girl Who Was Saturday NightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002006308

ISBN - 13:9780002006309

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read I had to read this book for a class. Initially, I wasn't a fan. I thought it was a weird plot and it didn't really compel me to want to read more. Once I got to the middle, however, I really enjoyed it. It just took a while to get to that point.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from odd and beautiful and moving i loved this book! I've read it twice and each time have been just as entertained by the narrative plot and odd asides!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heatwrenching Every sentence is a nougat of gold. Every moment is a piece of poetic genius. I've never read something as poignant and moving and expressive as O'Neill's prose. The story is set against the pending 1995 Quebec referendum and depicts the burgeoning adulthood of an irresponsible artist in the midst of a nation trying desperately to remain whole. Definitely autobiographical no matter who tries to deny what, with a style and flair that will ensnare your imagination and a story that will captivate your heart.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Another hit by heathe O'Neill. Can hardly wait for her two new books in February and March.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this. I couldn't put this book down - really captured the historical essence of Quebec.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sordid beauty Heather O'Neill's protagonists seem to be somewhat broken in the sense that they have unimaginable potential but are limited by their impoverished circumstances yet they are joyful and almost unaware of the squalidness of their surroundings. I love her writing but it makes me feel squirmy.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Magic Moments If you liked "lullabies for little criminals" you will love this book. I am not going to give a blow by blow of who, what, when, why - just read it! The superb writing and reading experience will bring you deeper into the theme of missing a parent's love and protection and the extraordinary ways children compensate for this as they encounter life as adults.
Date published: 2014-12-27
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

Editorial Reviews


"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