Wisdom in Nonsense (Paperback)

Invaluable Lessons from My Father (CLC Kreisel Lecture)

By Heather O'Neill, Kit Dobson (Introduction by)

University of Alberta Press, 9781772123777, 64pp.

Publication Date: January 19, 2018

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I broke all the rules that my dad gave me. It was he who had given me, in part, the confidence to think of my life as being worthy to mix with those of the geniuses. --Heather O'Neill With generosity and wry humour, novelist Heather O'Neill recalls several key lessons she learned in childhood from her father: memories and stories about how crime does pay, why one should never keep a diary, and that it is good to beware of clowns, among other things. Her father and his eccentric friends--ex-bank robbers and homeless men--taught her that everything she did was important, a belief that she has carried through her life. O'Neill's intimate recollections make Wisdom in Nonsense the perfect companion to her widely praised debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals (HarperCollins).

About the Author

Heather O'Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Her work has been shortlisted for many prestigious awards. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.