Heather O’Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter and essayist. Her work, which includes Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, and Daydreams of Angels, has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction and, twice, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has won CBC Canada Reads, the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the Danuta Gleed award. Originally from Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter. Her success has included being doggedly pursued by a New York literary agent. O’Neill recently told the Montreal Gazette that she allows designers free rein with her book covers, but that she was hoping for a little nudity on the cover of The Lonely Hearts Hotel. A glimpse of naked legs balancing on a sliver of a moon did the trick. (Photo by Julia C. Vona)
The Lonely Hearts Hotel
Described by Kelly Link as “a fairy tale laced with gunpowder and romance and icing sugar, all wrapped round with a lit fuse,” The Lonely Hearts Hotel (HarperCollins) is the story of two orphans in 1930s Montreal — A tale of clowns, chorus girls, orphans, and love.