We're delighted to have received Heather O'Neill's first collection of short stories, Daydreams of Angels! O'Neill's previous two novels have both won enormous acclaim: her first, Lullabies for Little Criminals won CBC's Canada Reads and the Paragraphe Hugh Maclennan Prize for fiction and was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize; The Girl Who Was Saturday Night was a finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
In the beguiling stories collected here, a naive cult follower offers life advice, Jesus struggles to make friends in elementary school, a generation of Nureyev clones from a failed Soviet experiment attempt to defect, and a group of young mothers in the 1950s wait by the sea for low tide to leave newborn babies on the shore. These fable-like tales surprise and delight at every page, proving once again that Heather O’Neill is a remarkable talent and among Canada's best, most inventive writers.
We are also very happy to be hosting Heather O'Neill in-store this Thursday, April 9th at 7pm for the Montreal launch of the collection. Heather will be in conversation with Anna Leventhal (author of Sweet Affliction). This is a free event! There will be refreshments, and books for sale and signing. For more info, see here.