A Good Baby

By Leon Rooke

A Good Baby
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During the night of a storm, an Appalachian girl delivers a baby and disappears. The next morning, Raymond Toker finds the baby under a bush and takes to the mountain roads to find her a home. While Turner carries out his quest, the child's father, Truman, with "teeth as rotten ... Read more


Overview

During the night of a storm, an Appalachian girl delivers a baby and disappears. The next morning, Raymond Toker finds the baby under a bush and takes to the mountain roads to find her a home. While Turner carries out his quest, the child's father, Truman, with "teeth as rotten as his soul, " drives his battered car along the same paths. Though critically acclaimed when first published by Knopf in 1990, and widely considered among Rooke's best novels, A Good Baby has been unjustly forgotten. This beautiful new ReSet reissue brings attention to this fast, funny, frightening masterpiece.

Leon Rooke

Leon Rooke is an energetic and prolific storyteller whose writing is characterized by inventive language, experimental form and a wide range of engaging and often absurd characters with distinctive voices. He has written plays for radio and stage and produced numerous collections of short stories. It is his novels, however, that have received the most critical acclaim. Fat Woman (1980) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and won the Paperback Novel of the Year Award. Shakespeare's Dog won the Governor General's Award in 1983 and toured as a play as far afield as Barcelona and Edinburgh. A Good Baby was made into a feature film. Rooke founded the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 1989. In 2007, Rooke was invested into the Order of Canada. He lives in Toronto.

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Praise for Leon Rooke and A Good Baby

"Rooke is one of the great post-Faulkner southern prose stylists ... who breaks the rules, makes up new rules, fractures and twists the story form with breathtaking aplomb, while communicating a generosity of spirit and 'joie de vivre' that is endlessly attractive."—GLOBE & MAIL

"A master ... every word in [A Good Baby] becomes something other-than-it was."—WASHINGTON POST

"Rooke has written a story in which everything is done, told and thought in an exuberant white heat ... a backwoods Valhalla in which everyone is a god, demigod or devil, with larger-than-life passions and idiosyncrasies."—LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Grim and raw and hilarious."—THE NEW YORK TIMES

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