Daydreams Of Angels

Category: Book
By (author): O'Neill, Heather
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.92in
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$ 22.99
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Bookshelf comment

Intensely magical, Heather O'Neill's book of short stories manages to be both humorous and profound. She tackles "artistic temperament", death, even beastiality in this nice sized collection and manages to turn the corner to "ha!" or "wow!" as each stories close. Quite energetic imaginings. Highly recommended !

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Heather O'Neill's distinctive style and voice fill these charming, sometimes dark, always beguiling stories.

From "The Robot Baby," in which we discover what happens when a robot feels emotion for the very first time, to "Heaven," about a grandfather who died for a few minutes when he was nine and visited the pearly gates, to "The Little Wolf-Boy of Northern Quebec," in which untamed children run wild through the streets of Paris, to "Dolls," in which a little girl's forgotten dolls tell their own stories of woe and neglect, we are immersed in utterly unique worlds. Also included in the collection is "The End of Pinky," which has been made into short film by the NFB.

With this collection, Heather O'Neill showcases her diversity and skill as a writer and draws us in with each page.

Review Quote*Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller PrizeShortlisted for the Quebec Writers' Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Review Quote*"The storytelling is inventive, but the writing is as spectacular. . . . These are great stories superbly written by someone sure to be a major star."
Review Quote*"[These stories are] united by the now-unmistakable O'Neill stamp: compassionately drawn characters from society's fringes acting out tales of hardship, resilience and sometimes redemption, all told in deceptively simple prose - nobody, but nobody, does simile quite like O'Neill - that at its best attains the level of music."
Review Quote*"Magical and inventive."
Review Quote*"Though still a voice for the gritty, lively histories of Montreal's underbelly, O'Neill finds ample room to grow in a collection that seeks to celebrate the magic and madness of those often relegated to society's margins."
Review Quote*"The writing in Daydreams of Angels is characteristically crisp and playful, but with an undercurrent of cruelty that only amplifies each story's beating heart."
Review Quote*"Daydreams of Angels is proof that Heather O'Neill's here to stay."