How Loveta Got Her Baby

Author: Nicholas Ruddock
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: March 1, 2014
EAN: 978-1-55081-475-0

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.

“Nick Ruddock’s How Loveta Got Her Baby is an antic collection of homespun stories of squids and chainsaws, far-fetched plans and less than immaculate conceptions.  Characters appear and vanish and appear again in interlocking tales that open and close like a possessed accordion.”

–  Mark Anthony Jarman, author of My White Planet  and Dancing Nightly in the Tavern


“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 (2007)

“Nobody can mistake the ingenuity of Nicholas Ruddock, whose story, ‘The Steamer’, is a terrific read. Ruddock has talent to burn; he writes with verve and style.”

-Madeleine Thien, from Prism International (Summer 2006)

“Accomplished, original, witty and wise, ‘The Housepainters’ is a wonderful piece of writing.”

-Helen Humphreys (judge of The Antigonish Review fiction prize)

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