Evie, the baby and the wife; a novel

Written by Phyllis Rudin
215 p. ISBN 978-1-77133-134-0 (pbk.) $$22.95
Ages: 19-99 (Adult)

Reviewed by Rosemary Cochrane

Nothing is ever simple for Evie. And now, having grown up amid Jewish religious traditions and in the shadow of her mother’s l970’s antics and attitudes, she finds herself a young women in present-day Montreal searching for her own niche in life. Evie’s move from her family home in NDG to a condo in the Plateau and how in her own way she befriends her new neighbours form the basis of this hilarious and painstakingly knitted tale. With a wicked wit that strikes against much that is sacred to Montrealers, the author draws the reader through the story’s many twists and turns and on to its jaw-dropping conclusion. This is the first novel of ABQLA member Phyllis Rudin. At times reminiscent of the novels of John Irving, Evie, the Baby and the Wife is a fun read for adults of all ages. Heartily recommended for public libraries and book clubs.