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

Paperback | October 28, 2014

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Finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

From the author of the international bestselling, award-winning 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 Quebecois folksinger Etienne 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.

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:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443442453

ISBN - 13:9781443442459


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Very entertaining book to read
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok it wasn't anything special
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugh So, I loved Little Criminals. It was perfect - every single page was heartbreaking and lovely. I did not care one bit for this heroine - her personality was over-crafted. She was really unlikable. Her story growing up parent-less in Montreal was interesting, but her person - ugh!
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hmm Personally, I loved this, but I think part of why I loved it was because I was quite young when I read it and I found everything to be magical and whimsical about the siblings, but I can see why lots of people would find this book aversive now.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Particularly loved it because it was a beautiful, crazy taste of home. Catches the distinctness of Québec beautifully.
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty in the obscure I could not put this book down! I fell in love with the charactrs; the authors' writing style. It's real,gritty, & beautiful.
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl Who was Saturday Night Wonderful read - never quite sure where the story was going... suspenseful and kept you captured until the end. Characters were very vivid through the wonderful writing.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The girl who was saturday night I loved The writing but the format was messed up on my ebook very annoying the author has an interesting sense of the absurd
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Was Saturday Night Sad,crazy,raunchy. Thought provoking and very real. Pulp Fiction Canadian style. Loved every minute.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it Interesting and very well written.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another winner for O'Neill Amazing, fantastic read! O'Neill is gifted with portraying the depravity of life, the use of metaphor to the reader to fully grasp her ideas as she puts them on paper. She has an incredible ability that pulls the reader into the world she's created and allows you to identify so clearly with the characters.
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Girl Who Was Saturday Night It was okay. Entertaining. Both sad and happy. Kept me involved up to the end. I grew up as an Anglophone in Montreal before I ended up in Toronto so this story taught me a lot about the French culture in my birthplace that I wasn't aware of.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! O'Neill is a great writer. Her books are so well written and good that you just keep flipping the pages...or in this case, swiping your finger.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saturday Night A fantastic story. Enchanting, depressing and hopeful all at the same time. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl who Was Saturday Night Enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2014-07-19

Editorial Reviews

“No one’s depiction of the shady side of life is as luminous - or as heart-wrenching - as Heather O’Neill’s.”