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Heather O’Neill is a contributor to this American Life and her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Her childhood was divided between Virginia with her mother, and Montreal with her father. She now lives in Montreal with her partner and her daughter.
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 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.
Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. Prepare to enter a world hopefully most of us will never know. The story of a 12 year old girl, Baby, who has been brought up in the red light district of Montreal by her heroin addicted father. Matters get worse when he is taken in to hospital and later when he betrays his daughter further. Baby is a strong, intelligent character despite the hurdles she has faced in her young life and this novel is a fascinating and observant piece of writing.