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Wisdom in Nonsense

Invaluable Lessons from My Father

Heather O'Neill
Kit Dobson, Introduction

Autobiography, Biography

Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9781772123777
Pages: 64 Size: 5.25x9

I broke all the rules that my dad gave me.

Acclaimed novelist Heather O’Neill structures her book around ten key lessons she learned in childhood from her father. Wryly humorous and generous, she shares memories and stories that illustrate why it is good to steal things, why one should learn to play the tuba, and why one should never keep a journal. Her unusual mentors went well beyond her janitor father to include ex-bank robbers and homeless men. These eccentric teachers taught her about the circuitous alleyways of semantics and the depth of moral philosophy. O’Neill’s intimate recollections make Wisdom in Nonsense the perfect companion to her widely praised debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals (HarperCollins).

Co-published with Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne.

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.