This will be a short review; anyone who wants to read more about the Canadian Queen of Metaphors (Heather O’Neill) and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night can check out my Literary Lounge blog post here.
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night is an intriguing story that takes place in Montreal in the 1960’s. Noushka and her twin brother Nicholas are nineteen year old children of a famous French singer… but don’t go assuming they’re rich. They’re actually the opposite; they live with their senile grandfather in a two bedroom apartment and they often steal to get by.
But our protagonist, Noushka, has had a slight change in heart- she decides to stray from her current behaviour and sign up for night school. It’s a step needed to make a positive change in her life. However, Nicholas feels left in the dust and that’s when things begin to spiral out of control for him. And it becomes evident to Noushka, that no matter how many times she tries to remove herself from her Nick’s watchful eye and move to a better life, that he will always lurk in the shadows.
The story is a tale of love, sex and struggle, during a very interesting time in Quebec. O’Neill is an incredibly compelling writer and her style is incomparable.
Check out The Girl Who Was Saturday Night for a quick paced, comedic tale full of tragedy, strength and familial bonds.