The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

A Novel

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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
ISBN: 9780374162665
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 15, 2017

2 stars. An infuriating book for me. The author was trying too hard with similes in almost every other sentence, some good, some ridiculous just for the sake of an alternate description. It was as though she had to fulfill some sort of class language assignment. It was a book about nothing really and the only likeable character was Nouschka. It reminded me of a Seinfeld episode where nothing much happens but everyone is angry and scathing and wearing weird clothes. I think it is a book that you either love or hate. I did finish only to be disappointed. I kept reading faster and faster in hopes it would get better. 100 pages too long. In need of a good editor.

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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