Lullabies for Little Criminals
By Heather O'Neill
Why this book?
This would be a perfect choice for a mother-daughter or father-daughter book club. The twelve-year-old protagonist, Baby, will slip under your skin with an astonishing intensity. The odds are against her. She has no mother, a heroin-addicted father, and spends too much time on the streets of Montreal with unsavory characters. And yet, Baby’s spirit and maturity are imbued with a rawness that will make you laugh and cry all at once. When her father tries to bribe her to get her to stop following him, she thinks: “As he shouted out all my favorite things, they seemed so cheap to me. They paled in my desire to be with him.” Baby is smarter than her father, whom she adores. She doesn’t want to end up like him but it’s a struggle. Still, no matter how hard it gets, Baby never gives up and never reveals even a hint of self-pity.
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