Monthly Archives: October 2007

Lullabies for Little Criminals, by Heather O’Neill

I finally got around to reading Lullabies for Little Criminals, which has been recommended to me by all kinds of people, including one of my students who seemed quite immune to the charms of most of the novels I was teaching in English class but who was completely captivated by this book.

I can see why, actually, because Baby, the narrator and main character of Lullabies, reminds me a lot of some of my students — or of them as they might have been at twelve or thirteen. Baby is the child of a twenty-seven-year-old drug addict dad who loves her dearly but has no idea how to care for her. Baby’s life is a chaotic journey through the streets of inner-city Montreal, from dingy boarding hotels to foster homes to a juvenile detention centre and eventually, inevitably, to dangerous shelter under the wing of a neighbourhood pimp.

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