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Evie, the Baby and the Wife
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Evie, the Baby and the Wife
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Evie Troy, an impulsive and funny young Jewish woman, has a tendency to overcomplicate things. And that can get her into trouble. When her dying friend Jean-Gabriel, a successful and controversial francophone writer, cons her into carrying out his last wish, delivering a monetary mea-culpa to his ex-wife Amélie, Evie decides she knows better. Jean-Gabriel is tainted by a successful play that bears the name of his former and much younger wife whom the public imagines is the inspiration for this play about marital strife. Evie's mother, Marilyn, hates what she thinks Jean-Gabriel stands for (i.e, older man who marries and emotionally betrays in a very public way an extremely young wife) and can't fathom her daughter's daft determination to saddle up her womb on spec. A whacky plot unfolds in which Jean-Gabriel dies and Evie inherits the job of giving his former wife, Amelie, his fortune without her knowing the source of the money. Evie decides what Amelie really needs is a baby, something she and Jean-Gabriel were unable to have, a plan she keeps so secret not even Amélie has an inkling a baby is headed her way. But will Amélie accept the baby they're offering up gift-wrapped? 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.

Evie Troy, an impulsive and funny young Jewish woman, has a tendency to overcomplicate things. And that can get her into trouble. When her dying friend Jean-Gabriel, a successful and controversial francophone writer, cons her into carrying out his last wish, delivering a monetary mea-culpa to his ex-wife Amélie, Evie decides she knows better. Jean-Gabriel is tainted by a successful play that bears the name of his former and much younger wife whom the public imagines is the inspiration for this play about marital strife. Evie's mother, Marilyn, hates what she thinks Jean-Gabriel stands for (i.e, older man who marries and emotionally betrays in a very public way an extremely young wife) and can't fathom her daughter's daft determination to saddle up her womb on spec. A whacky plot unfolds in which Jean-Gabriel dies and Evie inherits the job of giving his former wife, Amelie, his fortune without her knowing the source of the money. Evie decides what Amelie really needs is a baby, something she and Jean-Gabriel were unable to have, a plan she keeps so secret not even Amélie has an inkling a baby is headed her way. But will Amélie accept the baby they're offering up gift-wrapped? 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.

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  • Phyllis Rudin has lived in the U.S., France, and Canada. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in numerous Canadian and American literary magazines including Prairie Fire, Qwerty Magazine, Prism International, This Magazine and The Massachusetts Review. Before turning to writing full-time, she was the history librarian at McGill University. She lives in Montreal, which serves as the landscape for all her fiction.

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