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The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014)

by Heather O'Neill(Favorite Author)
3.92 of 5 Votes: 1
0374162662 (ISBN13: 9780374162665)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
review 1: The story looks at the cult of celebrity, though the celebrities in this story live in Montreal, and most Anglophones would never have heard of them, even if they were real. Caught in a bubble, they aspire to live normal lives, but can never get the hang of it, they're so addicted to doing the crazy things that trap them like goldfish in a bowl for everyone to see. O'Neill's wit and whimsy unfold this gentle, amusing tragedy.
review 2: Heather O'Neill's first book, Lullabies for Little Criminals, entertained me, but it annoyed me too. O'Neill's writing seemed rather precious, her habit of stringing startling similes together often a distraction that gave the prose a brittle showiness. This second novel is definitely more mature. The similes continue, often caus
... moreing me to laugh with delight, but the character development is more mature and the background, French Montreal during the period leading up to and following the last referendum, is deftly drawn. The streets of Montreal are vividly limed, and the characters, even the minor ones, broke my heart. It's seedy, sad, hilarious and poignant. It's full of love. And amid grit, madness, and marginalization, it offers a beautiful and believable grace. less
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Funny, depressing, poignant and disturbing. I love how this writer chooses words and phrases.
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