The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Book - 2014
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"Nineteen years old, free of prospects, and inescapably famous, the twins Nicholas and Nouschka Tremblay are trying to outrun the notoriety of their father, a French-Canadian Serge Gainsbourg with a genius for the absurd and for winding up in prison. "Back in the day, he could come home from a show with a paper bag filled with women's underwear. Outside of Québec nobody had even heard of him, naturally. Québec needed stars badly." Since the twins were little, Étienne has made them part of his unashamed seduction of the province, parading them on talk shows and then dumping them with their decrepit grandfather while he disappeared into some festive squalor. Now Étienne is washed up and the twins are making their own almost-grown-up messes, with every misstep landing on the front pages of the tabloid Allo Police. Nouschka not only needs to leave her childhood behind; she also has to leave her brother, whose increasingly erratic decisions might take her down with him" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374162665
Call Number: F ONEILL H
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 16, 2018

I like dry humour so I liked the book. The book about a dysfunctional family and dysfunctional relationships fits right in what I’d expect from the author. Some parts are hilarious, some surreal. I personally don’t know anyone in real life leading life full of drugs, lies, abuse and dirty secrets. For me this book is a door to that world - to see how other people choose to live their lives. No judgment about those choices. I agree with the comment below about similes. Way too many and some yes, didn’t make much sense to use as they didn’t add any value to the content.

Sep 22, 2016

Didn't like it. Quit half way through. Just seemed a bit pointless. Nothing to draw me in. 2 twins rambling through life with no parental guidance

Jul 12, 2015

Sometimes funny, often irritating. It kept me reading but faster and faster to find something I may have missed.

geraldine69 Jun 09, 2015

very hard book to get into

mallc Jun 04, 2015

heartbreaking & hilarious

May 06, 2015

Despite a heavy and unecessary emphasis on oddly matched clothes, this is a very good book. Captures a strange yet totally believable family in well-described east Montreal and how they all eventually move forward. A great all in one day read.

May 01, 2015

I enjoyed reading this book, although I have to admit I did not finish it. The writing style was brilliant and I loved Nouschka as a character, but the plot was not compelling. After a while it felt like we were driving in circles. I kind of regret not finishing it, but I had it for 6 weeks and didn't think it was worth renewing again.

Apr 29, 2015

In my opinion, O'Neill's second book does not live up to the high standards set by her first book "Lullabies for Little Criminals". She tries for quirky and whimsical, unfortunately it just comes off as awkward. I finished it, but only because I didn't have anything else to read. The characters are not particularly endearing, and overall, it was one of those books that you just can't get lost in; you remain conscious of the narrative voice and that you are "reading". Too bad, was looking forward to another book by O'Neill.

Mar 15, 2015

I did not like this book at all and could not finish it. Don't waste your time.


i would not reccomend this book. it is not appropriate but it does give you something not to do in your future

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Aug 20, 2015

“We just thought of old age as some sort of clown routine.”


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