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).
Née à Montréal, Heather O’Neill est diplômée de l’Université McGill. Son recueil de nouvelles La vie rêvée des grille-pain (Daydreams of Angels) a été finaliste aux prix Scotiabank Giller et Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan, en plus d’avoir été sélectionné par le Globe and Mail, le National Post et la CBC comme l’un des meilleurs livres de 2015. L’écrivaine, à « la griffe reconnaissable entre toutes » (Montreal Gazette), habite toujours la métropole, une ville dont elle s’inspire.