Friday, January 9, 2015 |
From the author of Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night comes a compelling collection of short stories filled with quirky characters and captivating descriptions of worlds both real and imagined. Daydreams of Angels was a finalist for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award.
From the Scotiabank Giller Prize jury:
"This is a work of acute charm and radically deft imagination. Whether probing the behaviour of clones for some sign of a relationship between genes and genius, eavesdropping on the anecdotes of abandoned dolls, or detailing the particulars of 'A Portrait Of The Marquis de Sade As A Young Girl,' O'Neill's stories continually spar with that which so often defines our lives or limits our daring - the problem of pain. Here are characters born of a distinctive sensibility and sent forth to chart the strange and volatile terrain where grace is found, lost, and found again. There's no thrill quite like encountering tales this tall, and few tall tales offer up their gifts this freely."
"You were happy in the country. We rented a big house in the middle of nowhere. We stayed up at night collecting fireflies in a jar and it was like those bugs were writing gold letters in the air. You had never even seen fireflies before, and it was wonderful to watch your expression. I had never seen anyone look that way before: you were bewitched. We made a big collection of butterflies that we pinned behind a frame. We had always been so busy in the city that we never had time for all of that."
From Daydreams of Angels by Heather O'Neill @2015. Published by HarperCollins Canada.