Heather O’Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was selected as the winner for the 2007 edition of Canada Reads. It went on to become an international bestseller. The book sparked a bidding war for film rights. She was named by Chatelaine as one of the most influential women in Canada. So when she has something clever or brilliant or interesting to say, I’m always compelled to listen. This time it’s both clever and brillant.