Rachel is a young single mother living with her son, Tristan, on a lake that borders the unchannelled north — remote, nearly inhospitable. She does what she has to do to keep them alive. But soon, and unexpectedly, Tristan will have to live alone, his youth unprotected and rough. The wild, open place that is all he knows will be overrun by strangers — strangers inhabiting the lodge that has replaced his home, strangers who make him fight, talk, and even love, when he doesn't want to. Ravenous and unrelenting, Shot-Blue is a book of first love and first loss.
“Simply breathtaking . . . Ruddock writes moments of startling intimacy. ” – New York Times
“All big dreams and knitted brows, Shot-Blue is a serious and demanding book, contemplating widely in wandering prose. Ruddock is a poet (among other things) and we can call this her debut novel or we can call it what it is: poetry. She taps skills honed across mediums – Ruddock a songwriter and photographer besides – to paint vividly a savage, inhospitable northern winter and the human collateral it claims. ” – National Post
“There is something ancient, primal and almost biblical about the story Shot-Blue tells . . . An intensely imaginative and lucid study of human feeling in all its depth and range. ” – Music & Literature
“A tough, hardscrabble book . . . Ruddock has a horrible knack for immediacy. ” – Globe and Mail
“A moving, lyrical novel. [. . . ] A searing debut. ” – Kirkus Reviews