Daydreams of Angels

Daydreams of Angels


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"Inventive, outlandish, and tender fairy tales from a bestselling author The fantastic has always been at the edges of Heather O'Neill's work. In her bestselling novels Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, she transformed the shabbiest streets of Montreal with her beautiful, freewheeling metaphors. She described the smallest of things--a stray cat or a second-hand coat--with an intensity that made them otherworldly. In Daydreams of Angels, O'Neill's first collection of short stories, she gives free reign to her imaginative gifts. In "The Ugly Ducklings," generations of Nureyev clones live out their lives in a grand Soviet experiment. In "Dear Piglet," a teenaged cult follower writes a letter to explain the motivation behind her crime. And in another tale, a grandmother reveals where babies come from: the beach, where young mothers-to-be hunt for infants in the surf. Each of these beguiling stories twists the beloved narratives of childhood--fairy tales, storybooks, Bible stories--to uncover the deepest truths of family life"-- Provided by publisher.
"Inventive, outlandish, and tender fairy tales from a bestselling author"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374280420
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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Mar 23, 2018

A weird book, indeed, to say the least. Dark and desturbing at times. Painfully whimsical. I read three stories and didn’t survive the tragedy of cloned Nuriyevs in Canada by mad doctors from the USSR.

Apr 19, 2016

A weird, quirky but thoroughly accessible collection of stories, many of which have the feel of fairytales.

KateHillier Jun 03, 2015

I've said the gist of this quote from the Toronto Star before but they say it best: "[O'Neill] writes like a sort of demented angel with an uncanny knack for metaphor." A knack is definitely putting it lightly. Anything I read of hers I love just because of the descriptions and the sheer absurdity of the images and stories going on here. I enjoy her novels a bit more but by no means should you skip this weird collection of stories if you're a fan of hers. We've got cloned Russians, robots, a gypsy who isn't really a gypsy, and Montreal in ways you've never seen it. Definitely not to be missed.

May 24, 2015

A good collection of whimsical and not so whimsical stories, some of which gave me the warm fuzzies. Recommend for an introduction to this author.

Mar 22, 2015

It look like the title should be Daydreams of Angels. Is Dear Piglet the title of one of the short stories?


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Apr 19, 2016

We one saw a baby deer and it looked like it had just learned to walk, like it was wearing leather cowboy boots that it hadn't had a chance to break in. The raccoons were all wearing their sunglasses.


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