JULY BOOK OF THE MONTH: Shot-Blue by Jesse Ruddock

This month, we’re pleased to be reading Shot-Blue, a debut novel by Jesse Ruddock.

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.

Jesse Ruddock is author of the novel Shot-Blue. Born and raised in Guelph and based in Montreal, Jesse attended Harvard on a hockey scholarship, playing starting goal. After a series of concussions, she turned to studying modern poetry and medieval meditation, next completing a Master’s at the University of Toronto. From age thirteen to twenty-three, Jesse worked in the summer as a carpenter’s apprentice on a remote lake in northern Ontario.