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A blogger, a dream gig, an underground city — what could go wrong?
It seems like a dream gig when Daphne gets the job offer—live in Montreal’s Underground City for a full year and blog about the experience. The flip side of the city has all the creature comforts. The year will fly by. Except there’s a catch. To collect her whopping bonus for sticking it out till day 365, Daphne must agree never to set so much as a toe outside the territory of the Underground City, submitting to an ankle-monitor to keep her honest. Even if the conditions are hardcore, she doesn’t have much choice. Out of work, and sole provider for a grandmother whose bank account is likewise on life-support, Daphne signs on the dotted line. And that’s when her life goes into free fall. Suddenly inspired by Daphne, her grandmother comes up with an underground plan of her own, sheltering illegal refugees at her granddaughter’s expense, ramping up the already significant pressure. But Daphne’s fury makes an about-face when she meets up with Chantal, a young runaway holed up in the Underground City, fleeing a threat she refuses to disclose. When Chantal later shows up on Daphne’s doorstep desperate for protection, Daphne must decide if she’s prepared to lay her future on the line to rescue a group of virtual strangers from discovery and ruin. Tucked Away is a story about the bonds of family and friendship, even if those bonds can often chafe.
“At times both heartbreaking and hilarious, Tucked Away offers an intimate and irreverent tour of Montreal, especially its so-called Underground City. In and around it Rudin sets an eclectic cast of characters and weaves their several stories together in a way that is surprising, moving and engaging at every turn. A tour de force!” —Ann Lambert, author of the Russell and Leduc mystery series
Fiction. Jewish Studies. Women’s Studies.
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.