Lullabies for Little Criminals & A Complicated Kindness

Book Pairing

Lullabies for Little Criminals     A Complicated Kindness

Both of these titles were written by female Canadian authors and both take place in Canada.  They also feature a teenage girl who is going through a rough or sad time among the family they live with.  Each novel grabs your interest with dark humor.  In the first book, Baby is thirteen and living in Montreal with her drug addict father.  She has no mother figure to look up to and as she struggles day by day to live an ordinary life, she gets taken in under the wings of a local pimp.  In the second tale, sixteen year-old Nomi is a Mennonite and is trying to come to terms with her mother and sister running away.  Nomi is left with her depressed dad in East Village, Manitoba, while she tries to see the silver lining in her family’s way of life.  It is as if the protagonists in these stories have accepted their unusual circumstances but realize that they must change things if they want to get out of the rut they have found themselves in.  Their willingness to change their lives for the better and become different people as they grow, link these two books nicely.  Both novels won awards, so they must have left an impression on other readers as well.

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