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***LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S FICTION PRIZE 2015*** At birth, Nouschka forms a bond with her twin that can never be broken. At six, she's the child star daughter of Quebec's most famous musician. At sixteen, she's a high-school dropout kicking up with her beloved brother. At nineteen, she's the Beauty Queen of Boulevard Saint-Laurent. At twenty, she's back in night school. And falling for an ex-convict. And it's all being filmed by a documentary crew.
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An exuberantly written coming-of-age story . . . Flashbulb-bright and memorable . . . Nicolas and Nouschka are the beautiful, frozen, fetishised symbols of separatist Quebec. As they try to wrench themselves into being, their story is as entrancing and antic and sensual as a dream (Guardian)
Freewheeling novel strewn with whimsical details . . . Nouschka's tough-talking vulnerability will make you want to stick by her side as she finds her way in life (Daily Mail)
Book of the Week. Well-constructed book full of poetic quirks . . . Her characters are personifications of Montreal and a dark mirror of celebrity culture (Irish News)
Heather O'Neill does it again! The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is full of quaking love and true sadness, family rackets, heart attacks, feral cats of all sorts, risky trysts, and reeling abandon. O'Neill's voice is singular, brave, magical, and bursting with stark beauty (Lisa Moore)
No one's depiction of the shady side of life is as luminous - or as heart-wrenching - as Heather O'Neill's (Nancy Huston)
Delightfully bizarre . . . what really shines here is O'Neill's writing. The author stuns with the vivid descriptions and metaphors that are studded throughout . . . A coming-of-age story with a working-class, reality TV twist (Kirkus)
'I loved how strong Nouschka is - totally inspiring. And a stunning read!' Company. (Company)
'A marvelously intriguing novel of a family in dissolution, each member of which is richly and memorably characterized ... beautifully written, particularly rich in simile and metaphor and compulsively readable ... a delight' Booklist. (Booklist)
'Delightfully bizarre ... The author stuns with the vivid descriptions and metaphors that are studded throughout the book' Kirkus. (Kirkus)
'For fans of the author, and high quality literary fiction this surpasses expectations ... strong storytelling and narrative drive' New Books. (New Books)
Longlisted for the 2015 Baileys Women's Fiction Prize - a story of a girl growing up in bohemian Quebec, striving for liberty
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Book Description riverrun. Condition: New. 2014. Paperback. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # 9781849163323
Book Description riverrun, 2014. Condition: New. 2014. Paperback. . . . . . . Seller Inventory # 9781849163323