Fiction. Evie Troy has a tendency to overcomplicate things. When her dying friend, Jean-Gabriel, a successful and controversial francophone writer, cons her into carrying out his last wish, delivering his fortune to his ex-wife Amélie without her knowing the source of the money, Evie decides that what Amélie really needs is a baby—something she and Jean-Gabriel were unable to have. Evie's pregnancy scheme pops so many holes at the seams that she's forced to enlist the aid of her estranged mother Marilyn. Marilyn can't fathom her daughter's determination to saddle up her womb on spec, but she agrees to come on board and the two of them head-butt their way through every step of Evie's program, from arm-twisting Mr. Right into coughing up his sperm to staging the flimflam that will relay the newborn to the oblivious Amélie. Played out against the backdrop of the fight for women's rights in Canada, EVIE, THE BABY AND THE WIFE is the boisterous tale of a mother and daughter at odds, struggling to reconnect across a reproductive divide.
Phyllis Rudin's writing has been published in numerous Canadian and American literary magazines including The Massachusetts Review, Agni, Prism International, and Prairie Fire. Her first novel, EVIE, THE BABY AND THE WIFE, a fictionalized account of the Vancouver to Ottawa Abortion Caravan, was published by Inanna Publications in 2014. Her second novel, My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur, came out with NeWest Press in 2017. Phyllis Rudin has lived in the U.S. and France and now makes her home in Montreal which serves as the landscape for all her fiction. She is currently engaged in a project to walk the full length of every street in that city.