Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

Lullabies for Little Criminals

Heather O'Neill

A sympathetic story of lost innocence set amongst the red light district of Montreal. Narrated from a twelve year-old girl's (non judgmental) perspective, this is a tale of grim hope and a struggle for survival.

Extract

I nodded, trying not to cry, to make him feel better. I'd been looking forward to this reunion for a long time and I didn't want to ruin it by making us both sad. I reached out of the window to pull off one of the flowers. As soon as I touched the branch, all the petals fell to the ground, as if someone had empied a hole puncher.

Parallels
  • Roger Fishbite by Emily Prager
  • Eloise Millar by Wednesday's Child
  • Jodie Foster (Iris) in Taxi Driver - the film

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