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By Nicholas Ruddock

“Ruddock has a refined ear for dialogue and a mischievous sense of humour. He also knows how to bring a story to a memorable conclusion.”
-David Bezmozgis, from The Journey Prize Anthology #19

“…Ruddock has talent to burn; he writes with verve and style.”
-Madeleine Thien, from Prism International


Ruddock_How Loveta Got Her Baby

Two young men and a girl go scavenging for fossils—but find something entirely different instead. A girl inherits a baby from the estate of her older sister. An apparently aimless young man turns out to have surprising powers. From Journey Prize-nominee Nicholas Ruddock comes an outstanding new collection of short fiction. How Loveta Got Her Baby is a set of linked stories about growing up unsure of the world and trying to stand up straight, about love from afar and love up close, love imagined, love going right and wrong and sideways, about being young and imperfect. Stories that are by turns, funny, tender, sexy, painful, passionate, heartbreaking, and joyous: Ruddock writes with deft insight into who we are, and how we change.

“Accomplished, original, witty and wise…”
-Helen Humphreys, The Antigonish Review fiction prize

“Ruddock’s writing skill keeps the reader engaged, and moving along, just as they allow the characters to emerge as fresh, quirky and ever-surprisingly human.”
The Telegram (St. John’s)


Breakwater Books, March 2014

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